Topic: princess culture

My Little Pony TV Series Empowers Girls And I Question Everything I Knew About Feminism

My Little Pony TV Series Empowers Girls And I Question Everything I Knew About Feminism

I’ve noticed that we parents sometimes shun “girly” things for fear of over-feminizing our daughters. But reading this article has made me acutely aware of the truth that I’m very, very guilty of this — and maybe I’m doing my daughter a disservice. I praise my daughter when she plays with her baby tool shop, but don’t quite have the same reaction when she wears various objects like bracelets or plays with her doll. More »

Not Creepy At All: Now You Can Put Your Daughter’s Face On A Disney Princess

Not Creepy At All: Now You Can Put Your Daughter's Face On A Disney Princess

You know how little girls really really, really, really want to be Belle. They just don’t want to have her dress and her shoes and her magical friends. They want to be her. You know, aside from being ripped away from your father and imprisoned by a beast with anger issues. But the books and the pretty dresses and the walking clocks that orchestrated wonderful meals? Sign every little girl ever up for that please.

Well now, your precious little one can come one step closer to being Belle. More »

Author Rightly Asks Tween Girls To Consider The ‘Bad’ Women Of History

Author Rightly Asks Tween Girls To Consider The 'Bad' Women Of History

It’s no coincidence that the role models traditionally put before girls are passive, complacent, conventional princesses who just wait around for prince charming all day. It’s also hardly a secret that little boys are socially permitted to admire an array of even violent figures regardless of the figure’s moral center. But when it comes to girls, their protagonists and heroines must first be deemed “good” — and we all know that very few of those women made history, as is the point of editor and publisher Shirin Yim Bridges. The author has compiled an awesome-looking tween collection entitled The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames that reminds girls that powerful queens and princesses came long before Disney. More »

SNL Mocks Princess Culture With ‘The Real Housewives Of Disney’

SNL Mocks Princess Culture With 'The Real Housewives Of Disney'

Kids and reality TV can be bad business. Shows like The Real Housewives, Bad Girls Club, and The Bachelor with their scripted cattiness and sexist tropes  just affirm for kids some of the worst stereotypes of women. Specifically that they’re all narcissistic gold diggers unworthy of trust. At the same time, reality TV often plays to comfortable narratives that are familiar to pretty much anyone such as “happily ever after,” dream weddings, and ideal families. So really, it was only a matter of time until somebody crossed The Real Housewives franchise with that of Disney — kind of like how SNL did this weekend!
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