Pretty, Pretty Princess Girls and Boys
Like most young girls, I was obsessed with pink and princesses from age 3-10. Almost everything I was given or that I picked out was pink, and I was a princess (with a pink dress and silver pipe cleaner tiara, natch) for Halloween twice. At some point, I even owned the board game “Pretty Pretty Princess,” which entitled me to wear a silver plastic tiara and plastic jewelry. And, of course, I dreamed of being either Cinderella or Ariel.
As the years have gone by, I have grown out of pink and princesses (for the most part), but the world has exploded with pink and princesses in recent years. Even at this year’s Toy Fair, pink and purple princess toys, costumes, games, and more were everywhere I turned.
An editor at Parents magazine recently interviewed Peggy Orenstein, whose book “Cinderella Ate My Daughter” addresses how pink and princesses have become an enduring trend and an identity that may potentially be harmful to a little girl’s perception of her self-image and self-esteem. She shares, “Princesses are a way for girls to assert what’s feminine about themselves. But princesses are also defining girls by telling them that how you look is who you are.”
On the other hand, Cheryl Kilodavis, the author of “My Princess Boy,” shares how her younger son “is a happy and healthy little boy who just likes pretty things and likes to dress up.” For Kilodavis’s son, being a princess boy gave him confidence and an unique identity.
As a parent, does your own child love pink and princesses? Do you encourage or discourage the love for all things pink and princess-related?
Read more about princesses on Parents.com
- Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Interview with Peggy Orenstein
- My Princess Boy: Interview with Cheryl Kilodavis
- Photos of Five Fairy-Tale Princess Costumes