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‘The Witcher’ (Surprisingly) Has A Lot To Say About Reality

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR NETFLIX’S THE WITCHER On the one hand, Netflix’s The Witcher looks like a feminist dream come true. It’s wide array of “powerful” women — a queen leading her troops into battle, sorceresses guiding the fate of history, a young girl fighting back against men who want to harm her — … Continue reading ‘The Witcher’ (Surprisingly) Has A Lot To Say About Reality

Frozen 2 (Unintentionally?) Reverses Its Original Message, And It’s Glorious

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR FROZEN AND FROZEN 2 Despite all my best intentions, I didn’t make it to see Frozen II until today. I’d meant to see it immediately upon its release so that I could rant, in a timely manner, about a movie I was sure I’d hate. But illness and a (planned) … Continue reading Frozen 2 (Unintentionally?) Reverses Its Original Message, And It’s Glorious

What The Phantom Learns — And Can Teach Us Too — About Love vs. Lust

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen The Phantom of The Opera. I’m talking about the stage version, mind you, not the 2004 movie version in which you basically had to squint in order to discern the Phantom’s facial deformity thereby negating the entire point of the story. (Sorry, but that really wasn’t … Continue reading What The Phantom Learns — And Can Teach Us Too — About Love vs. Lust

Introducing “Princess Origin Stories” A Special Episode Of Princess State Of Mind

This week I’m debuting a new series called “Princess Origin Stories.” These special episodes will delve into the fairy tales behind the Disney princess movies and examine how and why they differ. I’ll explore the symbolism of the original fairy tales and talk about how it affects — or doesn’t affect — the movies we … Continue reading Introducing “Princess Origin Stories” A Special Episode Of Princess State Of Mind

Why We Love Downton Abbey — And What That Says About The Culture

It’s hard to explain why I love Downton Abbey so much. Objectively, I see that the show was basically a glorified soap opera and that, by the third season or so, it wasn’t even a good one. I see how ridiculous some of the plot lines were and how blatantly anachronistic some of the attitudes … Continue reading Why We Love Downton Abbey — And What That Says About The Culture

What Fairy Tales Teach Us About Growing Up And Letting Go

Don’t go into the woods. Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t eat things if you don’t know where they came from. Don’t touch sharp objects. Don’t get lost. Don’t leave the path. Don’t trust people you don’t know. Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. If you didn’t know better, it would be easy to read fairy tales as a … Continue reading What Fairy Tales Teach Us About Growing Up And Letting Go

You Don’t Have To Want To, You Just Have To Do It: How To Achieve Your Dreams, Disney Princess Style

“I don’t want to!”  As a mom of a four-year-old, this is a statement I hear pretty much every day. Multiple times a day — sometimes multiple times a minute. Kids frequently “don’t want to” and they have no problem telling us. It’s their way of trying to exert some control in a world in … Continue reading You Don’t Have To Want To, You Just Have To Do It: How To Achieve Your Dreams, Disney Princess Style

Why Jo Can’t Marry Laurie — My Surprising Revelation About ‘Little Women’

Something happened to me recently and I’m not sure what to make of it. To be honest, I’m a little shaken. I never thought this would happen to me but … well … here I am. See what you think. I was lying in bed feeling under the weather so I turned on a movie … Continue reading Why Jo Can’t Marry Laurie — My Surprising Revelation About ‘Little Women’