Thursday, May 24, 2007

Pricessess, Witches and Divas, OH MY!

H and I have attempted to stem the flow of Disney princesses into L's life. So far we have been reasonable successful. Seriously, at two years of age, did she need a collect of cheap princess junk. No, I think not.

But now as she approaches 5, she is into princesses. She likes to talk about Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Belle and the like. We have been reading non-Disney books about them all. We have also been watching a bit of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, and the Little Mermaid.

I am not sure how I feel about this all. I want her to be culturally literate and on pare with her peers, but I also want to make sure that she grows up to be a strong, confident woman.

So from time to time, I ask leading questions or just probe a bit to see what she has on her princess mind.

So I asked her the other day, "When you play princesses at school, who gets to be the prince."

She looks at me as if I have three sets of eyes and says, "Mom, we don't need a prince, really, Mom! We are modern princesses."


Then the other day in the car she begins to really drill down to the plot in Little Mermaid.

"Mom. If Ursula is disguised as Vanessa and using Ariel's voice, which she took from her, it should sound the same. But it does not. Ariel's voice was prettier. Why is that."

So I decided to test again. "Why do you think that it is not a pretty."

She pauses and says, "Well Ursula is mean. So I think Ariel's voice can only be pretty when Ariel has it, since she is nice."

I mention that beauty comes from the inside. Which L thought about for a long time.

I am still not sure about the princess deal, but then my princess rode her bike today singing that she was a princess, who was strong and powerful. The entire bike ride.

Yeah, so about being a DIVA?

1 comment:

IHateToast said...

there was an article in the paper here about that. she also noted the change in colour. look at older princesses and heroines. blue. blue was a girly colour, not pink.