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Princess Obsession

Link: Is the Princess Stereotype Harming Our Daughters?

The Princess concept makes me want to hurl. I know of some little girls who are literally steeping in Princess stuff every single solitary day… for hours! It can’t be good. I’m not saying that girls shouldn’t be allowed/encouraged to play with dolls, dress up, or fantasize about the future. Let them wear PINK all day, every day. Girlie stuff is good. I’m not some crazy uber-feminist trying to rain on the parade. I’m just saying that this particular bit of Disney Princess marketing seems poisonous.

Do you notice that the writer of the article glossed over the Disney exec’s claim that the values are about “being kind, respectful, and loving animals”? That’s crap, Disney. None of the kids cited that they liked the princesses because they were kind, respectful or loving animals. And my anecdotal experience with kids indicates that they like them because they’re “pretty” and have pretty stuff. And these little girls don’t have the capacity to see through the marketing. Furthermore, I’d be happy to argue that being kind, as a primary function, won’t put food on the table or keep the bad stuff of life at bay. Let’s prepare girls to be competent to handle their own, complicated, lives.

And I’m completely confused as to where/how Disney believes they are teaching respectfulness in these Disney movies. Really? In what way are they respectful? Respectful of what? All the girls who I’ve met who are princess-obsessed seem to be the antithesis of “respectful” towards adults! Quite the contrary: some of these little girls are quite materialistic and bratty.

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I Dreamed a Dream

For those of you who know about my “Project Joy”… this is the type of thing that fits.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY

(I couldn’t embed it, that was disabled by request for this video.)

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Don’t Read This If You Are A Spender

I don’t want to be responsible for any suicide attempts, so don’t read this if you are a spender.

The article may be:

  • galvanizing – for those that use the info to get their finances in shape
  • frightening – for those that live paycheck to paycheck with no end in sight.
  • or, it may give a false sense of security to a third group of folks who are doing better than average, but still not well enough to meet their ultimate goals for autonomy in the golden years.

Link to Motley Fool Article

So what will you be doing with your tax refund this year?

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