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What Disney Princesses Teach Girls

Oh, the royal girls of Disney. The ubiquitous princesses all us feminist mamas love to hate.

BoingBoing offers up this hilarious send-up of their messages to the young girls who admire them.

It’s a great encapsulation of why moms like me cringe every time our daughters lay hold of a princess doll.

What have your kids learned from Disney?

I’m pretty lenient about letting my daughters play with Disney toys, and watch those silly movies. I’d rather have them turn the princesses into swashbuckling musketeers, or stuff them in the fridge, or cut off their hair, than see them as forbidden fruit Mommy won’t let them touch.

Still, the day my daughter said, “Princesses are better than me. Because they are prettier,” was not a good day in our house.

I feel like my kids are pretty well insulated from pop culture. There’s no cable TV in our house, a minimal amount of commercial toys, no video games. We have a lot of live music and outdoor free play and biking and gardening. They’re intimately familiar with mud and know how to bake bread, and their preferred bedtime stories are Sherlock Holmes and Don Quixote.

I’m not really worried about these girls growing up to be vapid doormats who hang their self-worth on the opinion of the first shiny man who comes along and says they’re pretty.

But Disney is sooooo not helping.

What have your kids learned from the princess crew?

Photo: BoingBoing

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