My nieces like Princess stuff. I get it, but I feel bad every time. I've never been a huge fan of Disney Princesses, and they kind of annoy me. My mom once tried to help me feel better — or at least justify Princess stuff — by saying that it's just like superhero stuff for boys. That's an unattainable image as well. Unfortunately, there are a couple things wrong with that logic in my mind:
- We don't teach our children they can have super powers, but we do imply, in a lot of ways, that a fairy tale marriage is possible. Super heroes deal with clearly impossible situations. Princesses are set up with something that is expected in our society. No one expects to see some dude flying through the sky. We do expect to see people get married.
- Super heroes are going out there and doing things to help other people. They are defending the world. I don't like that many of them resort to violence so quickly, but at least they're out there battling it out for other people. Disney Princesses are kind of selfish, trying to figure out how they can get what they want.
So I really liked this this deconstruction of Disney Princesses.