Wednesday, March 23, 2016

In Defense of the Princess

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 


Nancy said...

Funny. I never worried about the princesses either. My girls turned out OK. But my oldest daughter decided that her little princess did not need to see the disobedient Disney crew. (Think little mermaid.) Her father told her not to go near humans and she didn't listen, but life turned out OK for her anyway. My granddaughter is disobedient enough all on her own without getting any ideas, and in real life being disobedient does not always turn out ok. At 5 she still needs to listen to her parents.

Libby in TN said...

Though I desperately wanted a girl, God gave me two great boys so I never had to worry about the princess syndrome. I see so many little girls these days with their tulle tutus. I don't understand. My 11-y-o grand-daughter never played with dolls, would rather build with Lincoln logs.

Sharon Massena said...

What a beautiful scarf start!

Dar said...

Your determination paid off on your project with the beads. It looks lovely.


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