• coralsea

    I guess I was a strange little girl, but when I was growing up in the 1960s, my greatest desire wasn’t to be a princess or play with dolls or wear foofy dresses — it was to compete in a soapbox derby and join Little League.  My friends and I were more interested in building stuff in the yard, riding horses, and doing “active kid” stuff.

     

    For the record, I used to wish I was a boy because I wanted to do boy stuff.

     

    I am glad that nowadays, girls are able to do many more things than we were able to do in terms of participation in sports, etc.  However, I have found the whole “Princess” thing to be disturbing because it appears to promote passivity and emphasize appearance before girls are all that aware of such things.   It also appears to be a waste in terms of imagination.  Heck, if my friends and I HAD played princess, it would have involved creating a Medieval type encampment or settlement, drawing our own Illuminated manuscripts, and training to be warriors (just in case the princes wimped out or needed help).  It would have involved researching feudalism and real life princesses, kingdoms, and dynasties.  And happily, horses and our horse-craziness would have fit quite nicely into the whole princess thing (as princess delivers vital messages, rides out with her “court,” rides out looking for unicorns, etc).  

     

    Princesses, per se, aren’t all that bad because they can serve as a launching pad for learning (and fun), but I’m not all that sure that the Disney “Canned” version of princesses makes for the type of exploration and discovery that play during childhood is supposed to allow.

  • jennifer-starr

    I was a young child in the late 70s-early 80s and in my opinion the princesses I saw in Disney movies were dull and most of the princes had no personality to speak of.  I had lots of bronchitis when I was young so I read a lot of books and watched a lot–and I mean a lot–of TV. I went between wanting to be Sabrina from Charlie’s Angels,  The Bionic Woman and/or Wonder Woman (though I thought Steve Trevor was kind of dim).  Princesses just weren’t as interesting as female detectives and or superheroes–I have to say that I’ve never really understood the appeal. 

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