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Princess Culture

The New Cinderella Movie Still Makes me Cry

Laurie Levy | Posted 06.08.2015 | Home
Laurie Levy

My granddaughters have been exposed to many modern princesses who have courage and decide their own fate: Merida from Brave, Rapunzel from Tangled and Elsa from Frozen. They have plenty of courage. But kindness? Not so much.

Why Fairy Tales Are Bad For Our Kids

Vanessa Loder | Posted 04.26.2015 | Home
Vanessa Loder

When we censor our children's stories to exclude the suffering that is inherent in the human condition, we isolate our children. We create an environment that promotes shame and a belief that they are not good enough because they cannot live up to the standards in these stories.

If Our Sons Were Treated Like Our Daughters

Lori Day | Posted 04.22.2015 | Home
Lori Day

Come with me. Let's open the door to a parallel universe. Here in this parallel world, the rules are different because gender roles are flipped. Loving parents and teachers accept this strange culture as if it's not so bad, or perhaps even good.

Tutu Much, Tutu Soon

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 01.03.2015 | Home
Leslie Kendall Dye

Maybe I just wanted to win the argument. Maybe I am as weary of people finding me a killjoy or a cliche of retro hippie culture when I talk about tutus as I am of the tutus themselves. Either way, I thought of another reason I dislike tutus on toddlers.

A Disney Princess with Down Syndrome. Could It Work?

Suzie Skougard | Posted 12.20.2014 | Home
Suzie Skougard

There is a petition sweeping the Internet asking Disney to incorporate a protagonist with Down syndrome, but there is a backlash brewing even within the special needs community asking, is it necessary?

My Son Wears Dresses, And That's OK With Me

Seth Menachem | Posted 09.13.2014 | Home
Seth Menachem

If my son is gay, so be it. Maybe he is. Maybe he's not. Maybe he'll be a cross dresser. Maybe not. I have no control over any of it. All I can do is be supportive.

When Did We Let Princess Become a Bad Word?

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 07.13.2014 | Home
Lisa Abeyta

If I remember correctly, most of those princess stories have the ladies facing down evil, running through forests and climbing towers -- and they manage to do it all in a dress.

The Fissure in Our Princess Freeze-Out

Claire Shipman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Home
Claire Shipman

Our girls have to get messy and learn to relish what they can do, even if -- or especially if -- that power causes trouble.

My Daughter Is Not A Princess

Clint Edwards | Posted 03.18.2014 | Home
Clint Edwards

I want her to love someone, not because they own a castle or a nice horse, but because they are a good person with values and virtues. Someone who will not treat her like a princess, but treat her like a partner.

This Is NOT the Candy Land of Your Childhood

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 03.11.2014 | Home
Sheila Moeschen

He steered me in the direction of an end cap a few aisles away, calling out to me as I hurried off, "They changed the box and packaging a little bit, but you should be able to spot it." Spotted.

Has 'Princess Culture' Gone Too Far? (NEW BOOK)

Posted 11.21.2013 | Home

The following is an excerpt from The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion [Simon & Schuster, $28.00]. “Dress Up in Dreams...

These Ads Tell Girls They Can Do Much Better Than 'Princess'

Posted 11.13.2013 | Home

This awesome, pro-women ad campaign has made our week. Kentucky-based Mercy Academy, an all-girls prep school, has released a series of posters wi...

On Being A Proud Dad of Two Geek Girls

John Marcotte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
John Marcotte

My girls have tiaras and gowns in their dress-up box right next to their capes and masks. They have a drawer full of Barbie dolls that live in peaceful coexistence with their action figures. But I think it is important for them to know that looking pretty is not the only option they have in life.

Where My Zero Tolerance Princess Policy Broke Down

Lyz Lenz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Lyz Lenz

I have a princess -- a little magical ballerina-butterfly-tutu-fairy-princess. It's not what I chose, it's what she chose. And when faced with this responsibility, I believe it's not my job to teach princess abstinence; rather it's my job to teach my daughter how to use princesses wisely.

Embracing the Disney Princess Craze

Lynsi Freitag | Posted 09.29.2013 | Home
Lynsi Freitag

Walking around the streets of Disney, I found myself in an odd juxtaposition between intoxication with the sparkles, jewels and tiaras on the one hand, and disbelief that I was an active participant in what I had so proudly balked at in my former life. My former life being my life before children.

Why I'll Keep Fighting For The Merida I Created

Brenda Chapman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Home
Brenda Chapman

The message Disney sends to the public in changing Merida is that she is not good enough the way she is. In doing that, they are making the same statement to all the young girls out there.

10 Real World Princesses Who Don't Need Disney Glitter

David Trumble | Posted 11.20.2013 | Home
David Trumble


LOOK: Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheroes Than You

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 05.04.2013 | Home

There is much to love about a Tumblr that collects photos of little girls dressed as superheroes. From a traditional Wonder Woman to badass Bat Man an...

All Hail Princess Leia

Cara McDonough | Posted 06.23.2013 | Home
Cara McDonough

I've adapted to the presence of princesses in my life, explaining wisely to other moms, "Oh, the princess stuff? I don't mind it. It's actually kind of fun."

LOOK: Disney Princesses Get A MAJOR Makeover

Posted 04.14.2013 | Home

Just a few years after Disney bought Marvel, the merger is having a distinct effect on some of each company's most beloved characters... In one artist...

The Problem With Princess Culture For Boys

Dresden Shumaker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Dresden Shumaker

A funny thing happened when I met my son -- I started to realize how destructive girl power can be to boys.

Why I Created Disney's Newest Princess

Craig Gerber | Posted 01.16.2013 | Home
Craig Gerber

I saw that my son, Miles, could use a fantasy character who was a reflection of himself --serving as a kind of magic mirror that would allow him to enjoy the fantasy while strongly identifying with the situations playing out in the show.

The Great Irrelevant Princess Debate

Jenn Horton | Posted 12.31.2012 | Home
Jenn Horton

This year, my 4 ½ year old daughter Zoe wanted to be a princess for Halloween. Nothing wrong with that... or is there?

10 Lessons From A Birthday Party Princess

Posted 09.13.2012 | Home

"Real" fairy-tale princesses -- i.e., fantasy characters -- wear impossibly beautiful clothes, court classically handsome princes and live happily eve...

7 Ways We're Holding Girls Back

LearnVest | Posted 08.26.2012 | Home

Research hasn't quite pinpointed why women don't make as much as men. But maybe, just maybe, it has something to do with ideas that have been subtly ingrained in us since we were very young.