Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Not All Princesses Need A Prince

This is a guest post by Holly

Holly is a writer, obsessive blogger and activist who lives in Pennsylvania and has a somewhat freakish connection with her cat.  She writes Menstrual Poetry, a blog that focuses on feminism, (mostly US) politics, and questioning authority.  She strongly believes that knowledge is power and religiously reads books of all kinds.

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Parents read to their children all the time; in fact, some expectant mothers read to their children while they are still in utero and one of the most popular things that parents read to their children are fairy tales.

One thing you will be slapped in the face with repeatedly while reading any fairy tale is that all fairy princesses find their prince and then live happily ever after.  Of course most fairy tales were written so long ago that sure, finding a man and living your life together was the standard; but what you can absorb through watching just one episode of Sex and the City is that finding a man and living "happily ever after" is no longer the standard.  Now, women can be without a man and still go on to pursue their careers, own their own home and most of all, be happy with who they are without needing the validation of having a man--And now there's a fairy tale for the modern day life.

Princess Bubble is the fairy tale story of a princess who sees her friends find their princes, get married and live happily ever after all the while being told that she too must go out and find her prince charming.  After searching high and low for the man of her dreams, she finds that she is happy just how she is--She has a career as a flight attendant, she has her very own castle (that is decorated just the way she likes it and she didn't have to give up an entire room in that castle for her prince to make into a den or a rec room, by the way,) and best of all, she is happy with herself and her life without needing to find a prince.

This story is a must-read for both children and for adult women, in my opinion.  It is a cute story and it validates women for the wonderful people that they are--And not because they attracted the attention of the right man.  What I also liked about this story is that it did not mention that in order for Princess Bubble to be happy living her life without a man, she had to go out and get a lot of cats.  The crazy cat lady stereotype may now be put to rest!


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