The other day while browsing the web I came across a pretty wonderful article about a mom who dressed her daughter up in Halloween costumes that portrayed women of history and success versus your typical fairytale princess whose fate depended solely on a prince charming. Now don’t get me wrong I love your Disney Fairytales…but I can’t help but feel disappointed in the falseness they portray to young girls. Prince charming, desperate, perfect beauty, and happy endings.
I will never forget in first grade our class had to dress as a character from a Disney movie and then stand in the library at school…students from other classes got to walk through and “push a button” to turn us on and we had to act out the same line or two that represented that character, the line was one from the movie of the character we portrayed and our job was to repeat it continually every time someone pushed the button. I played Snow White and my line was “someday my prince will come.” After saying the phrase I had to act as if the whole world was coming to an end…I had to pretend to cry and be in distress… all because my prince hadn’t shown up yet… (WHAT the Flip?) This whole event is engrained in my mind and is one of the few things I remember about first grade or any event in elementary school for that matter. Perhaps it is the fact that I had to repeat it 100 times in one afternoon. I remember feeling jealous that the boys in our class got to play heros…with swords, armor, or capes. I was stuck with a yellow skirt, a brown wig, and a red bow.
Finding this article brought me back to that moment and I couldn’t help but do a blog post about it. I don’t claim to be a feminist by any sense of the word but I also understand and appreciate where women have had to come in order to be able to enjoy a lot of the freedoms they have today. I support women in the workforce, education, equal right of pay etc….I also am a firm believer that women can do anything men can do… aside from grow massive amounts of chest hair and burping the alphabet…but you get where I am coming from.
Women lack REAL role models in today’s world and it disappoints me…and if anything they lack the media attention that pop stars like Miley Cyrus and such receive….I think that this mother did a wonderful job showing her daughter how amazing these specific women from history are and what they represent to women today. *Round of Applause*
Ok and I may end up being that mom someday that sits her daughter down to watch an Amelia Earhart documentary vs. Sleeping Beauty….don’t judge.
Below are two of my favorites from the article…to read the full article…click HERE
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