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Hitched: The Wedding Dress Body Project

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Andrea is taking a much needed week off from her Hitched column this week, after spending the last few days reporting live from the Texas State Legislature as they attempted to rid the state of nearly all its clinics that provide abortions. (Thanks to Senator Wendy Davis and the rest of the “feminist army,” they failed.) So this week, I’m rerunning one of Andrea’s first Hitched columns, originally published on November 2, 2011. 

Wedding dress shopping. Here’s what happens to me: I walk into a bridal salon and tell the nice maternal saleswoman that I want a tea-length gown with no flowery accents. I am ushered into a dressing room where I am told that they have one tea length gown, it is covered in flowers, and did I want to try on, say, this $1,500 satin gown with a 14-foot train? For funsies? Repeat nine times. Nine. Nine.

“This is your one chance to be a princess!” one saleswoman told me. When I explained to her that my “princess” vision actually, like, seriously really did include a tea-length dress and she was just going to have to see if she could manage to wrap her mind around that, this total stranger looked at me like I had just shot her kitten point-blank in the face in the middle of the dress shop.

So, I went to the custom dressmaker. I told her what I wanted. She said she could totally do that, but she wouldn’t start the dress until next year, even though we’re getting married in April. Why?

“So you have time to get your weight where you want it.” Keep reading »

False Alarm: Disney Still Keeping Sexualized Version Of “Brave”‘s Princess Merida

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Last week, I wrote about how bummed I was that the heroine of Disney’s “Brave” is undergoing a makeover before she becomes an official Disney Princess. Her unruly hair is tamed, her figure is slimmed and the Scottish Princess is a much sexier version of the character millions grew to love.

I was only one voice in the outrage over this sex-ing up.  Writer and co-director of “Brave,” Brenda Chapman, who was the first woman to win an Academy Award for this animated feature film, wrote the Marin Independent Journal in an email:

“Merida was created to break that mold — to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance … They have been handed an opportunity on a silver platter to give their consumers something of more substance and quality — THAT WILL STILL SELL — and they have a total disregard for it in the name of their narrow minded view of what will make money.”

Change.org brought the issue to my attention and garnered the signatures of at least 200,000 people.  When looking at Merida’s swank new Disney Princess page, which uses the original Disney-Pixar animated character, it looked as if the outraged public had won.

Alas!  Not quite true … Keep reading »

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Talks Princesses On “Sesame Street”

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Being A Princess Is Not A Career

At some point in the life of many little girls and some little boys there comes the cold, hard realization that you cannot be a princess when you grow up. Think about it: do you really want to spend the rest of your life like Kate Middleton abusing brown eye liner? I thought not. A new clip from “Sesame Street” breaks it to those booger-eaters with the help of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Keep reading »

Awesome Mom’s Reaction When Her Black Son Wanted To Be A Princess

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Last week we watched an interesting social experiment on the TV show “What Would You Do?” where actors playing a mom and kids went to a Halloween costume store looking for non-gender-conforming costumes. A little boy begged to be a princess and a little girl begged to be Spiderman, while nosy shoppers (mostly) discouraged the kids and their mom from those costumes. So I was delighted to see an actual real-life mom write a piece for the New York Times this weekend about the time her three-year-old son wanted to be a princess. And interestingly, her concern wasn’t that he wanted to be girly — it was that all the princess junk out there didn’t take into account her son is black.

Doreen Oliver writes that her older son is autistic and struggles to communicate. So if her younger son wants to express himself in any way, even by dressing up like a princess on Halloween, she and her husband will support him. And, she adds, “[I]f it turns out Bug is gay, we’d embrace his identity.” The problem wasn’t that Bug wanted to be a princess, though — it was that “his idea of a princess had blond hair and peach-colored skin” and sure enough all the princess costumes had blonde wigs and pictures of “smiling white women.” Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Disney’s First Latina Princess

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“Disney is releasing a Latina princess soon, mija,” I declared to my daughter as we drove away from her school and on our way to pick up her dad. “Good!” she said firmly. But of course, I rarely let that be the end of any conversation. “Why good?” I probed.

What followed was a discussion of how we both recognized that Latinas deserve a princess that looks like them — this is despite the fact that my husband and I worked hard to minimize “the princess effect” in our home. Princesses were far from banned. Rather we opted for a different approach: we emphasize strong princesses like Leia, Wonder Woman and Xena (not a real princess, but warrior princesses counted). I also would bring up real-life princesses who did good in the world whenever I could. Oh, the way I used to bring up Princess Diana and Queen Noor! Goodness. We also discussed the strong traits of the Disney princess kingdom: Ariel was adventurous, Belle loved to read and Rapunzel knew how to wield a cast-iron skillet. As you can see, we aren’t anti-Princess, but we are anti-”I’m a pretty-princess waiting for a prince to save me.” Keep reading »

Little Boy Learns He Can’t Be A Princess For Halloween

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I have a love-hate relationship with “What Would You Do?”, the so-called ‘reality’ show that hires actors to enact controversial situations in public to gauge the response of random people. I don’t actually watch the show, but every time I read about one of the show’s episodes online — What will happen when this neo-Nazi group sits down at IHOP? — I’m off to the races to watch the shit out of that thing.

It’s inevitable, really, that they would do a show about Halloween and little kids costumes. Get your little black hearts ready: an adorable boy is going to find out from some busybody ladies at a Halloween store why he can’t be a princess for Halloween.   Keep reading »

Sweet Or Creepy? Put Your Daughter’s Face On A Disney Princess Doll

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  • Mommy gets a 3D sonogram — and a couple years later, your precious bundle of joy can place with a Disney princess doll with her own face on it. For $99, Disney will graft the likeness of your child’s face on a seven-inch Disney Princess doll. Parents who want to make the sweet/creepy gesture can choose from Belle, Cinderella, Tionna, Snow White, and several others. Interestingly, the age restriction for D-Tech Me dolls is from 3 to 12, but there doesn’t seem to be a restriction for girls-only. [Mommyish]
  • Kristen Cavallari from “The Hills” and “Laguna Beach” has gaven birth to a little boy named Camden Jack Cutler with her Chicago Bears QB fiance Jay Cutler. [Celebrity Cafe]
  • Shirtless Cristiano Ronaldo photos! Shirtless Cristiano Ronaldo photos! You’re welcome. [Socialite Life]
  • Kristen Stewart has pulled out of the premiere for “On The Road” so she doesn’t have to answer questions every six seconds about cheating as she walks the red carpet. [Perez Hilton]

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Evening Quickies: Justin Bieber Says “Every Girl Is A Princess”

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  • Justin Bieber says in the new Seventeen that he “just tries to make [Selena Gomez] happy, that’s all,” by treating her like a princess. Awww. He goes on to say “I think it’s important to make all women feel like they’re princesses, because every girl is a princess.” I can’t tell if this is a barf-ily sweet sentiment or painfully unrealistic dating advice tailored to girls who grew up in “princess culture.”  [PopCrush]
  • Britney Spears is reportedly in final stages of a $15 million deal to join Simon Cowell’s show “X Factor.” Pardon me, but isn’t this show a singing competition — not an autotune competition? [Celebrity Cafe]
  • Mr. Big, I mean, Chris Noth, married his fiancée Tara Wilson earlier this month in Hawaii. [People]
  • Betty White joined Twitter … and she’s already using it to flirt with boys. [The FW]
  • Do “mamas boys” do better in relationships because they don’t have mommy issues? [Nerve] Keep reading »

Say “Nay!” To “My Little Pony” Talking Princess Celestia Doll

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Rebecca Hains, best be known these days as the woman who got busted by the TSA for trying to take a red velvet cupcake through airport security, is, in her real life a media studies professor at Salem State University and author of Growing Up With Girl Power; Girlhood on Screen and in Every Day Life. She is also mother to a little boy who loves “My Little Pony,” a show, Rebecca says on her blog, that, like the beloved Powerpuff Girls, appeals equally to both sexes, defying the notion that boys/men won’t watch stories about girls/women.

I have to admit I’m not a “My Little Pony” aficianado — my daughter was never into them and I recalled the old show as being inane, and largely about selling toys (the fact that the ponies were revived for the Hub, a TV station owned by Hasbro, and are skinnier and “prettier” in their new incarnation only reinforced those impressions). Creator Lauren Faust writes on the Ms. Magazine blog that she was not initially a fan, either:

[Shows based on girls’ toys] did not reflect the way I played … I assigned my ponies and my Strawberry Shortcake dolls distinctive personalities and sent them on epic adventures to save the world. On TV, though, I couldn’t tell one girl character from another and they just had endless tea parties, giggled over nothing and defeated villains by either sharing with them or crying – which miraculously inspired the villain to turn nice. Keep reading »

Girls Can Like Superheroes, Boys Can Like Pink Stuff

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Let’s do the Time Warp, yeaaaah!

Amelia has gone back in time and unearthed a video of Baby Jessica Wakeman (real name: Riley), who is just as opinionated as she is in adult form. Riley is seen shopping in a toy store, with a man I presume is her father, when she goes off on a rant about how pink is not just for girls. You tell ‘em, Riley! And in another 15 years, there is an internship waiting for you at The Frisky. [YouTube] Keep reading »

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