I'm so glad to be past that cast on and on to the lace and cables. Now maybe I can make up for lost time.
I've missed out on most of the princess controversy. When Teenage Daughter was born, I didn't know that I was supposed to be obsessed with anti-princess paranoia. By the time Cinderella Ate My Daughter was published, our girl was in her mid-teens and it was obvious that she was turning out just fine with none of those princess-caused problems that I keep hearing warnings about. We're Disney princess fans and when I saw In Defense of the Princess: How Plastic Tiaras and Fairytale Dreams Can Inspire Smart, Strong Women by Jerramy Fine, I was curious. The first half of the book was exactly what I'd hoped to find -- reasonable arguments about how the Disney princesses aren't as meek and helpless as we keep hearing they are. The second part of the book branches out into real life princesses and their often impressive credentials. I'd never realized that there were so many of them! If I have any complaint about this book it's that the author seems to have a very specific idea of what success means for a real princess. I'm not sure that criteria applies to the rest of us commoners.
The publisher provided me with an ARC. This post is linked to Patchwork Times, Yarn Along, iknead2knit