One of the big debates today is the idea of “princess culture” or the idea that girls are heavily affected by princess movies and books. Many moms have decided that they do not want their daughters to partake in the culture, because it can be perceived as anti-feminist. But, we wanted to take the time and pull some positive aspects from the princess culture. Here are 3 positive ways to look at the issue:

  1. Princesses are heroes: Yes, there are the Cinderellas and the Snow Whites who sit waiting for their prince to come. But, there are so many more out there who are heroes in their own right. Mulan was a stunning example. Even though the movie may not be historically accurate, Mulan is shown as a strong female character who saves an entire country. Her story breaks the stereotypes of women being weak and needing saved. There are many more strong role model princesses out there.
  2. Princesses are loyal: Every princess is loyal to her family and friends. They stand up for the their friends and defend the innocent. Look at Belle, who saves the Beast from death by the hand of the naive villagers. Merida from Brave is another brave and loyal young woman, who would stop at nothing to turn her mother back into her human state. Or Tiana from The Princess and the Frog who saves Naveen from the Shadow Man. The list goes on and on.
  3. Princesses are caring: Whether it’s man or animal, princesses are always kind and gentle. They take care of animals great and small, and they are friendly to all (well…until you cross the line). Cinderella has a team of animals that help her stitch and sew.  Snow White befriends the Seven Dwarves and the little forest animals. No matter who or what, the princesses are always kind.

Where do you stand on the issue?! Let us know in the comment section below.