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Unformatted text preview: prov ing that play ing princess directly damages girls’
self- esteem or dampens other aspirations. On the other hand, there is ev idence that y oung
women who hold the most conv entionally feminine beliefs — who av oid conflict and think they
should be perpetually nice and pretty — are more likely to be depressed than others and less
likely to use contraception. What’s more, the 23 percent decline in girls’ participation in sports
and other v igorous activ ity between middle and high school has been linked to their sense that
athletics is unfeminine. And in a surv ey released last October by Girls I nc., school- age girls
ov erwhelmingly reported a paraly zing pressure to be “perfect”: not only to get straight A’s and
be the student- body president, editor of the newspaper and captain of the swim team but also
to be “kind and caring,” “please ev ery one, be v ery thin and dress right.” Giv e those girls a
pumpkin and a glass slipper and they ’d be in business.
• At the grocery store one day , my daughter noticed a little girl sporting a Cinderella backpack.
“T here’s that princess y ou don’t like, Mama!” she shouted.
“Um, y eah,” I said, try ing not to meet the other mother’s hostile gaze.
“Don’t y ou like her blue dress, Mama?”
I had to admit, I did. She thought about this. “T hen don’t y ou like her face?”
“Her face is all right,” I said, noncommittally , though I ’m not thrilled to hav e my JapaneseJewish child in thrall to those Ary an features. (And what the heck are those blue things
cov ering her ears?) “I t’s just, honey , Cinderella doesn’t really do any thing.”
Ov er the nex t 45 minutes, we ran through that conv ersation, v erbatim, approx imately 37
million times, as my daughter pointed out Disney Princess Band- Aids, Disney Princess paper
cups, Disney Princess lip balm, Disney Princess pens, Disney Princess cray ons and Disney
Princess notebooks — all clev erly display ed at the ey e lev el of a 3- y ea...
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