To me, there is something deeply creepy about the selling of princessdom to little girls.
It’s not as if I have a problem with little kids having an active fantasy life, because I don’t. Having a fantasy life that’s molded and shaped by Disney Inc. — well, it’s not exactly using your imagination after a point, is it?
And I certainly liked stories about princesses when I was a kid. Ozma, the lost Princess of Oz, was a favorite book character. So was Shirley Temple’s “The Little Princess.” But I liked stories about people who did stuff better than I liked pretending to be a princess.
Some parents are just going along with the overwhelming corporate Disney marketing, and haven’t given it much thought. Some of them, if they’re not all that creative, aren’t too imaginative about how to stimulate their kid’s fantasy lives, and it’s Disney to the rescue!
For a lot of parents, it just seems harmless. But I don’t think it is. It really does cultivate a certain kind of cute, pouty passivity in girls, whether you mean for it to happen or not.
I do wish parents would stop and think before they fork over their cash to this gender-ghettoed pink marketing behemoth. (Wear princess costumes as a kid, make your parents take you to Disney World, grow up to find your prince and get married in a Disney Princess wedding gown at the wedding pavilion at Disney World. Corporate synergy! Vertical integration!)
What do you think?