Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be princesses
[by Holly Capote]
There’s a magazine called Disney Princess Magazine. Here’s one of the reviews posted by Amazon customers:
“We just started receiving this magazine and my 4 year old loves it. If your daughter is obsessed with Disney princesses like mine, then this is the magazine for her. It has several princess stories, coloring pages, and a few activities. This month has one cooking and one sewing activity just to give you an idea.”
Now, whereas I know how tempting ‘money for nothin’ and tiaras for free’ are when you’re 4, do we want to encourage sparkly privilege in youngsters? This sort of unapologetically pink privilege is why Jane Austen always irked me, with her heroines marrying into money, so that they could then care for the poor: the same poor who built their manors, which enabled their men to be gentlemen.