The Princess Problem
Guiding Our Girls Through the Princess-obsessed YearsBook - 2014
Offers advice from parents, educators, and psychologists on how parents can navigate princess-saturated marketing which often features harmful stereotypes about gender, race, and beauty.
Hains offers intelligent discussion and helpful insight into the ever-pervasive "princess culture" little girls grow up with today. The first half of the text is devoted to the discussion of media and the role of parents in creating media savvy children. The second half offers concrete advice and tips as to how to actually achieve the goal of raising media savvy kids. This half is divided into chapters that each tackle a specific issue. Chapter titles include, The Problem with Princess Marketing, The Problem with the Pretty Princess Mandate, and The Problems of Race Representation and Racism. The text also includes a step-by-step template for beginning an intelligent discussion of the movie, Frozen, with one's child. The text concludes with a list for further reading. There are numerous "real life" examples of parents dealing with media issues throughout the text, as well as the tale of the author's own foray into media management. The text will be of interest to the parent or educator of young children, especially, of course, girls. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
"The Princess Problem offers sound, sensible, and parent-tested advice for helping children thrive in today's consumer culture."—JO B. Paoletti, author of Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America
How to Raise Empowered Girls in a Princess World
It's no secret that little girls love princesses. Behind the twirly dresses and glittery crowns, however, sits a powerful marketing machine, encouraging obsessive consumerism and delivering negative stereotypes about gender, race, and beauty to young girls. So what's a parent to do?
The Princess Problem features real advice and stories from parents, educators, psychologists, and children's industry insiders to help equip every parent with skills to navigate today's princess-saturated world. As parents, we do our best to keep pop culture's most harmful stereotypes away from our kids, but contending with well-meaning family members and sneaky commercials can thwart us.
The Princess Problem offers language to have honest conversations with our children and shows us how to teach them to be thoughtful, open-minded people.
"Her ideas and suggestions on how parents can help their children navigate the overwhelming princess marketing, media, and negative stereotypes are refreshing receptive...Parents—this is a must read."—Brenda Chapman, writer/director, Disney/Pixar's Brave