Is daddy’s princess brave and good?
Young children, particularly girls, are prone to fall in love with fantasies, including the idea of being a princess. Princesses in children’s movies and stories embody an alluring and enduring ideal of the feminine as valued for her beauty, passive, and awaiting princely rescue. Since the damsel in distress is so far from the ideal for capable adult womanhood, princess culture is under attack by parents for fostering unhealthy notions of beauty, girls, and womanhood.
As a father, how do you feel about media portrayals of dads playing with their princess-obsessed kid? (Check out The Best and Worst Gender Representations in Super Bowl Commercials for examples.) How do you genuinely connect through your children’s fantasies about being a princess?
Do you have an unusual story about your child’s infatuation with princess culture?
How can we talk about princesses in ways that prepare our kids to make a conscious choice about how they view princess culture, it’s effects on relationships, conformity, femininity, equality, and agency, and the peer pressure that often surrounds these issues?
How do you talk to your boys about fantasy princesses and real girls? What are the ramifications of princess culture on our children’s future relationships?
Have you ever had a crush on a female protagonist in a Disney animated film? What non-Disney princesses, in your opinion, are underrated, and why?
What positive images of princesses do you draw on in books, fairy tales, movies for inspiring your own little princess?
The Good Life, in partnership with Dads & Families on The Good Men Project, is seeking your submissions for an upcoming series on Princess Culture. Email your essay or article to Justin Cascio at email@example.com by Saturday, February 23 for consideration.
Upcoming themes of interest to parents, on Violence in Video Games and Princess Culture, will run on The Good Life beginning March 4.
Update: The series on Princess Culture has run on The Good Life. Want to contribute to the conversation? Email your pitch to Justin Cascio at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Edited 5/15/13)
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