***Only women of privilege have time to even care about this issue. I realize there are more important things to discuss, BUT I need to vent.***
If you read Scary Mommy, there has been an uproar about whether or not parents should refer to their daughters as “princess.” Now I choose not to do this. The terms “princess” and “diva” have always made me cringe. However, I don’t care if you call your daughter a princess, BUT I do think it matters what princesses you are referring to. They are not created equal. Now I am not going to discuss their plotlines and many other issues. I could write an entire book, and I’m sure there are dissertations on this. I’m mainly interested in examining just the images, the appearances of the Disney “princesses” and comparing/contrasting them. I’m not even going to touch on real princesses and what they represent (but it’s not good, y’all). As my husband likes to say, we fought a war to get away from all that.
So let’s compare some of the choices you have when it comes to Disney princesses.
If you call your daughter a princess, does she think you mean Arielle or Merida, the redheads of Disney:
How about some of your princesses from different ethnic backgrounds? Who would you choose for your daughter to compare herself to?
So I know I can’t convince you to stop calling your daughter princess and really I don’t want to, but please don’t call MY daughter a princess (strangers do this). The eyerolls I will give you might kill. I’d really just like us to try and be more discerning about what princesses we “give” to our children. I know that Cinderella gets all the hype, but maybe we can redirect just a little and point them towards Belle, who is an intellectual at heart (isn’t she just a bit better as a role model?)
Finally, I know you will think/say, “they are just little kids, they don’t take any of that in.” They are sponges. They take it all in.
And if you just want to forget all this and blow off some steam, I highly recommend Disney Power Hour. You sing along and drink with friends. It’s the best.