I am no Biblical scholar. Far from it. But there is one thing I know from the Bible stories that I have read: there weren’t any princesses. Or frilly dresses, tutus or tiaras. Not so in My Princess Bible, a pink-washed Bible storybook for young girls about “God’s special princess.”
According to the Amazon.com page for My Princess Bible:
“My Princess Bible shares stories of 19 women of the Bible through a rhyming story and a short takeaway summary in prose. Each story ends with two lines that remind the reader of valuable character traits of a princess; the little princesses are even encouraged to recite the learning of the biblical princess using her name in the blank instead: “________ is God’s special princess; ________ is sad when she does something bad” (the takeaway from the story of Eve). This format helps children see biblical women as princesses who teach us about godly principles. It also helps reinforce that the little girl reader is special and seen as a princess because she is created by God. The final story (number 20) is taken from Psalm 139 and features the reader as the godly princess. It reminds the reader that princesses are daughters of the King and are loved by God. Little girls will love to read My Princess Bible over and over to learn about God’s princesses.”
A one-star commenter on Amazon put it best when he joked, “You got princesses in my Bible!” … “No! You got Bibles all over my princesses!”
If you have a little girl in your life, you don’t need me to tell you princesses are having
a moment a decade right now. There are Disney princess Barbies, princess dresses, princess sippy cups, princess toothbrushes, princess this, that and the other thing. It’s marketing ploy overload — and a gender stereotyped marketing ploy, at that. (I feel sorry for parents who are raising their daughters to be self-centered brats who take the “daddy’s little princess” crap to heart, but that’s another story entirely.)
I’m not particularly into organized religion myself, but I can share the disdain of a lot of the Amazon commenters who think the princess-ification of the Bible is offensive. Their distaste with My Princess Bible is that it is “princess”-focused, not Christ-focused. I am less bothered by the fact that the women of the Bible are getting their due — I just want the pink-washing to stop. There are ways to impart values, or teach a little girl her ABC’s or how to brush her teeth, without a Pink Princess Glitter Froof-fest.
Does everything marketed towards little girls have to involve princesses? Or is nothing sacred — literally?!