Maybe princesses have been getting a bad rap.
Don’t get me wrong, I certainly understand the concern. Dolls, advertisements and various TV shows try to force women/girls into fitting into some sort of “damsel in distress” model who needs a man, the dress and the tiara to be happy in life.
Large corporations like Disney don’t seem to help this cause, either. They (perhaps minus the creation of characters like Mulan and Jasmine) seem to revel in the idea that women should look a certain way—and that is certainly not indicative of the America I live in.
All children need to be taught to be self-sufficient but girls from an early age are told to “look pretty” and “not play too rough” so perhaps that accounts for the princess backlash. We want to eradicate that way of thinking in order to create independent girls who know their worth and own their power.
But what if our idea of a “princess” (or “prince” for that matter) was changed from something that is surface, stereotypical and limiting to something that was full of possibility, community responsibility and support?
On the train to work today a little girl was all dressed up in pink and purple with a sparkly crown and a wand. She wandered over to me.
“Why are you all dressed up today?” I asked her.
“Today is Princess Day,” she responded.
“Ohhh,” I said. “What does that mean? What do you do on Princess Day?” I further inquired.
“It’s a day where you make peoples wishes come true,” she replied.
Good plan, I thought. Imagine what we all could accomplish if we committed to help at least one person in some way, everyday.
Sometimes all it takes is a little re-framing of a word to make you think differently. How will you use this concept to help others?
Tell me about it #princessday
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