Oh man, folks, this is crazy! I need to be blogging three times as much as usual, to make up for the upcoming India trip, but I can barely write at all! Please leave me comments with topics I can write about– movies or books that I should check out, or, even better, essays or news articles (since they don’t take so long to read!) Or just general philosophical questions. Or my favourite color. Anything! Because if not, you’re going to be getting a bunch more blogarounds like THIS ONE:
The Princess Diatribe, by Peggy Orenstein at the Telegraph, touches on the catch-22 where embracing princessism (my new word) is in many ways a rejection of feminisim, whereas rejecting princessism is a rejection of femininity, which should not be defined as less-than simply because of its association with women.
Bonfire of the Princesses, by Barbara Ehrenreich at the Huffington Post, goes ahead and rejects it all anyway, criticizing princessism for sexualizing girls too young and teaching them problematic patterns of passivity.
What Penelope says about chasing Prince Charming, by Consuela Francis, is a fascinating review at the Charleston City Paper that has made me add Penelope to my Netflix queue.
At Cerise, we can branch out beyond just Disney with Princess Peach: Feminist?
Feminism in Anime vs. Feminism in Disney is pretty much what it sounds like, comparing Snow White and Princess Mononoke, and Pocahontas and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. The link goes to Pakdoc because I found it more readable, but I think the original is here at Inhuman Decency.
Little Miss Feminist is a sweet personal reflection piece at the Imperfect Parent, talking about entering her daughter in a Little Miss competition. It only lightly touches on princessism but I thought it was a good read.
And, finally, as a present for looking at all those, read Pixar’s Gender Problem, from Vast Public Indifference (and isn’t that a great name for a blog?). This is one of my favourite articles; I keep stumbling accross it, and every time I do so I’m pleased. It really expresses the frustration I feel concerning Pixar– I love every movie individually, and yet, I am really unimpressed with their ouvre. At least Disney has female protagonists (though less often, these days). Pixar keeps forgetting that women exist at all.
All right, that’s it! I’m going to bed! And so should you! Tune in tomorrow, same princess-time, same princess-channel.