“My What A Guy!” — Real Life Lessons From Cartoon Crushes

An old flame came back into my life this week. On social media, of course, (is there anywhere else to reconnect with old flames?). It was very unexpected. In fact, back when I’d been in love with him I’d been sure he didn’t even know I existed. How could he? We lived in two completely … Continue reading “My What A Guy!” — Real Life Lessons From Cartoon Crushes

‘I’m A Princess Too’ — ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Proves Disney Doesn’t Understand Its Own Princesses

Movie critics, parents, and filmmakers have been trying, for years, to redefine what it means to be a princess. From pretending that little girls mean Princess Leia and Wonder Woman (instead of Snow White and Cinderella) when they say they want to be princesses, to rebranding Disney princesses as athletes and warriors, the prevailing narrative … Continue reading ‘I’m A Princess Too’ — ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Proves Disney Doesn’t Understand Its Own Princesses

Princess State of Mind Is Now on YouTube!

Hi everyone! I'll get back to regular blog posts next week, but this week has been all about my brand new YouTube channel. Princess State of Mind -- fiction, fairy tales, and the fairer sex -- debuted this week with special guest C.S. Johnson. We talked about love stories, female characters, and her upcoming book One … Continue reading Princess State of Mind Is Now on YouTube!

Damsels In Distress? The Lie We All Believe About Disney’s Early Princesses

Between Disney’s third princess film (Sleeping Beauty) and its fourth (The Little Mermaid) there was a gap of thirty years. A lot happened in the world between 1959 and 1989, most notably — as far as the princesses are concerned — the entirety of feminism’s second wave. Creating “feminist” princesses just wasn’t on the minds … Continue reading Damsels In Distress? The Lie We All Believe About Disney’s Early Princesses

“Dream Big, Princess” . . . Or Go Home

“Dream big, Princess.” This is the current tagline of the Disney Princess Franchise — a marketing venture started by Disney in 2000, which is now the official arbiter of all things Disney princess. The “dream big” tagline is clever. It capitalizes on something little girls already do — draw inspiration from Disney princesses — and … Continue reading “Dream Big, Princess” . . . Or Go Home