Being princesses allow girls to experience feminine activities
Posted on Jan 27, 2013 in Opinion
It has come to attention as of late that there are people out there who believe the concept of princesses–particularly the Disney Princesses– are responsible for why girls are girls. Andy Hinds, father of twin three year old girls, has said that his “three-year-old twin girls don’t need any more space in their imaginations taken up by poofy gowns, sparkly slippers, dainty manners, and gilded palaces” (The Atlantic). Hinds says that his girls seemed obsessed with appearance because of the princesses, and he has to bribe them away from princess parties. Because of his daughters’ love of princesses, Hinds has tried to put a blockade on them in his household. On this matter, I say that the notion is absolutely ridiculous.
His children are little girls and should be allowed to like and experience feminine activities. Hinds admits that his daughters enjoy riding bikes and scooters, but he is still concerned with how he thinks princesses are warping his daughters’ minds. They are little girls and it is common for them to love and act like princesses.
Recently, Hinds saw a clip of Sesame Street where Abby Cadabby talks to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor about the word “career” (The Atlantic). Abby wants to be a princess as a career but Sotomayor says that princesses don’t fit in as a career because you don’t train and prepare to be a princess. I think there needs to be a second ruling on that personally. Hinds’ daughters love the clip and watch it repeatedly, and he hopes that they’ll prefer it over princess parties. As I mentioned earlier, they are little girls; it is a common phase for girls to go through. To deny them the opportunity to play with princesses is to deny that they are girls at all.
Hinds wants to prevent his girls from becoming stereotypical women obsessed with looks and finding their Prince Charming instead of facing the realities of life and what’s important about a person. However, they are only three years old; they should be allowed to spend their childhood to play and dream of princesses if that is what they want. Statistically speaking, not every woman will be like Kate Middleton and get that kind of fairytale ending; this is essentially why it is important for girls to go through this stage when they are young if they so choose. As children, they can dream about this and still be happy. As they grow older they’ll learn to move onto other things, but still have those beautiful childhood memories. To take that away is to strip them of a part of their soul.
It is ridiculous that Hinds is trying so hard to prevent his girls from being girls. It is good that he wants them to be empowered women but they have to act as young girls first. Hinds made sure to keep the word “princess” out of his daughters’ ears for a while, calling them “little ladies” when they asked what their doll toys were (The Atlantic). Although it is true that stereotypes need to be avoided, girls still need to act like girls if that choose to do so.