What princesses can do

A conversation between Ladybug (now 3.5) and me while playing pretend:

Ladybug: You be the princess.

Me: Okay. What do princesses do?

Ladybug: They dance with the prince.

Me: Bummer. I wanted to save the day.

Ladybug: Rescue Man saves the day, but you can help him if you want.

*sigh*

What happened since Halloween (when fairies saved the day) to change her perception of what women can do?

I just put Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munch on hold at the library.  Best princess book I can think of. Books are how I handle issues like this. How do you address it?  (Or maybe you don’t?)  Input and opinions welcome! :)

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7 thoughts on “What princesses can do

  1. It’s difficult to find a movie or book with a princess that doesn’t get rescued. Disney used the plot device excessively. It’s also drives the action in Star Wars and The Princess Bride. It’s even in Shrek – which purports to be an anti-fairy tale. Why don’t you tell your daughter we live in a democracy, and that many brave men and women fought hard to keep royalty out of the United States?

  2. Shannon, I haven’t read Princess Pigsty, but I have a similar book by the same author, Princess Knight, out from the library now. Unfortunately, it’s a bit long for me 3 year old. I’ll have to try again in a year or so.

  3. Pingback: Photo Friday: A Hero Princess « Proper Noun Blog

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