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Read: Bonfire of the Disney Princesses ~ Barbara Ehrenreich

Complete article on The Nation Online:

Disney likes to think of the Princesses as role models, but what a sorry bunch of wusses they are. Typically, they spend much of their time in captivity or a coma, waking up only when a Prince comes along and kisses them. The most striking exception is Mulan, who dresses as a boy to fight in the army, but—like the other Princess of color, Pocahontas—she lacks full Princess status and does not warrant a line of tiaras and gowns. Otherwise the Princesses have no ambitions and no marketable skills, although both Snow White and Cinderella are good at housecleaning.

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I love that a timely little
piece, just in time for the mass princess doll holiday purchases. Food for thought if a parent is thinking of role models. ;)