Little girls / princess myth
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|Mon, 06-15-2009 - 2:27pm|
Warning - vent ahead. (I'd love your perspectives on this topic!)
C. has a little girl who is five years old, so I have been exposed to more little girl things than ever before. (I have four nephews, so it's been all boy all the time.)
One of the little girl things that is really getting to me is the princess thing. Disney princesses are everywhere. Clothes that say "princess" all over them. Tiaras. Gowns. Glitter. Gag.
I learned from C. yesterday that there's a new camp for little girls -- "Princess Camp." I just about blew a gasket. What?? As if girls aren't taught enough (conciously or subconciously) that being pretty and landing their "prince" is all that matters in life. Do they really need a camp to reinforce the idea??
What happened to Brownie and Girl Scout camp, and making campfires and smores? Camps that reinforce the value of friendship, teamwork, hard work and skills.
I looked up Princess Camp online today, and they seem to be everywhere. The agenda includes dress up, story time (that bit is ok - but I'd bet it's all princess stories), tea