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."
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