Princess Culture: 2/23

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  1. John Schtoll says:

    First of all, you start out with a premise that I believe (having been a boy at one time and kinda still am) that ‘particularly girls’ in your first sentence is wrong. Boys (or at least I did) had very strong fantasies about being a fighter pilot , in fact, all the way to the point of getting my pilots license at 20. Unfort , my eyes was good enough for private pilots license but not good enough for being a mil pilot.

    While my fantasy had a chance of being true, it was just a fantasy when I was a boy, nothing more. Most if not all boys have fantasies about things they have no chance of being, the knight in shining armor etc.

  2. I’m not a parent yet but I have concerns about princess culture that have nothing to do with gender in addition to the standard feminist concerns. Is princess culture really healthy for a democratic society? Princess culture is based on a fantasy version of the Medieval Europe. Medieval Europe was a very hierarchical society. Its the antithesis of democratic values let alone feminist values.

  3. My daughter is 6 and advanced for her age in math and reading, and most everything else.

    She does get into the princess stuff, something I neither encourage nor discourage. I do find, however, that there is some princess stuff that isn’t so bad and I try to steer her in that direction. Also, the new My Little Pony has some good stuff.

    One thing I don’t encourage, however, is the idea that the princess holding the sword is somehow better than the one who does not. In other words, I don’t equate holding the sword with being brave.

    Paul

  4. I tell my sons to stay away from princesses. Princess culture, in particular as defined by Walt Disney who generally defines the princess culture in America, is a confusing mix of contradictory messages that at the end of day is meant to do one thing-make oodles of money. Any pretense that the purveyors of princess culture are concerned with presenting princess culture as a benefit to culture at large is a just that a pretense.The companies that promote princess culture, my little Pony, Bratz,etc. have too much invested in keeping alive the princess myth to let it go.This follows a pattern whereby many unaware ego-driven women are always trying to have their cake and eat it to. For instance, women want to be seen as independent but want to keep all of the perks of chivalry.What is truly fascinating is that these women have no clue how much resentment, confusion and anger harboring these attitudes engenders in men.

  5. Teaching young girls to feel entitled and privileged, princess culture is toxic. From elaborate expensive weddings to the expectation a man will die for her and protect her….

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