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Locating another reference to CafeMom posts - re the danger of the "Princess fantasy." What is the harm in calling your DD princess?

Yet among today's educated urbanites, "princess culture" is the subject of raging debate. What some parents consider innocent make-believe, others deem character-eroding indoctrination. Calling your daughter a princess fosters "a sense of entitlement and undeserved superiority," declares one mother, commenting on a CafeMom post called, "Is the Princess Fantasy Dangerous?" Others fear that princess stories teach girls to be pretty and helpless, waiting for a prince to rescue them instead of acting on their own behalf. Should liberated women let their daughters play Cinderella? It's a topic with which mommy blogs never seem to tire.

 "Enough is enough," writes an exasperated Sasha Brown-Worsham, a self-described "feminist with a master's degree," on CafeMom. Dissenting from her peers, Ms. Brown-Worsham doesn't believe her daughter will be marred for life if she wears a princess dress or insists on being addressed as Cinderella. "'Princess culture," she declares, "is what you make it."


Asked by tasches at 4:50 PM on Jan. 5, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • LMAO!!! I calmly DD Princess all the time. She has princess clothes for dress up. She has crowns and fancy shoes. You ask her are you a real princes? She says 'NO! I am not a princess. I'm Quinn' She is 3 and yet to have any delusions so I guess we are okay so far.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 4:53 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Goof Grief.....

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 4:56 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • I call my dd princess too. Yes, she watches Cinderella but she also watches Mulan and Princess of Thieves (really cute movie about Robin Hood's daughter).

    Answer by JLS2388 at 4:58 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • i call my 6 month old daughter princess...nothing wrong with it.........

    Answer by niftymisty at 5:11 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • I have never known that this was a debate. I guess I can see why people would be worried about girls feeling entitled and like they need Prince Charming, I see an enormous amount of people who feel they are entitled to what they want when they want it; sadly it's part of our society. I don't think calling a little girl Princess will foster that idea though. How many people actually remember being 3 or 4 and playing "princess" and feel like that's how their lives should have been?

    Answer by MeandMyBabes at 8:57 PM on Jan. 5, 2011