who wants to be a princess?
Category : gender
Not me. No thank you! Even the modern day ones (sans corsets and impractical dresses) have lives that I just could not ever possibly want. Forget wandering down to the market for a nice block of cheese and some tomatoes, and eating picnics in the park with your family.
If you put on a bit of weight you’re gonna be hounded by the media, and you’d better watch every word that passes your lips for fear of it becoming a headline and/or a foreign-affairs disaster.
People say that little girls want to be princesses, as if they’re hard-wired that way.
Elena’s favourite coat is not the pink one. Shock horror.
That’s just rubbish. Little girls (and little boys) want to be loved and accepted by their peers and their parents and whoever else they know and love. Part of this includes wanting to look a particular way – and in most societies girls who look like princesses are more likely to be loved and accepted.
Which is just awful. But there it is. No one’s surprised. The trick to love and acceptance, if you have a vagina, is to look a particular way. A couple of people might care that you’re kind or talented or whatever, but basically, priority number one is appearance.
Though god knows what a princess looks like. Or should I say, Disney knows what a princess looks like.
I haven’t seen frozen and I’m sure it does wonders for the whole pretty-but-useless trend. Well done, but whatever.
Why do girl heroes have to be princesses? Don’t we all agree that democracy is the goal here? It’s problematic, sure. But not as problematic as a monarchy.
I managed to explain this to a bunch of post-lunch-lethargic fourteen year-olds so it can’t be that complicated. Democracy is the goal of governments seeking to protect human rights. Monarchy, while it remains a valued, perhaps important, symbol, is not what we are aiming for.
I saw a great tweet just now:
LOTR: Power should be used humbly.
STAR WARS: Power should be used calmly.
ST:TNG: Power should be used to make tea and play with holograms.
— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) June 2, 2014
(LOTR = Lord of the Rings. ST:TNG = Star trek: The next generation)
Nice, eh? But tea and holograms aside, I think we can all agree that power should not be used by half a dozen royals and no one else. So we can agree than little girls (and boys) probably shouldn’t be aiming to become actual monarchs.
But really? People who seek power first and foremost, at least in all the stories I can think of, usually turn out to be the villains.
I’m going to get off the soap box now (partly because Elena is wearing disney princess sneakers to nursery), but I can’t be the only one baffled (and angry, yes) about this fixation.
Wearing a dress can be problematic.