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Those Princesses Are So Last Week

March 19, 2010

A few nights ago, Rio was carefully eyeing Molly‘s bike helmet. The shiny black helmet sets off the pink horns nicely. The flowing pink braids give it a sweet touch. Molly calls it her Valkyrie helmet. “Can I try it on?” Rio asked. Yes. She tried it on. She ran around the house prancing and [...]

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Can’t Sleep Without A Princess

March 5, 2010

Serena’s been a bit of a bedtime rebel lately. She’s mostly sleeping through the night, waking up only briefly to pee and get a glass of water around 2 a.m. But she just not falling asleep at bedtime. She goes through the whole bath-book-bed routine with her dad and sister. Rio drops off to sleep [...]

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Barbies in Refrigerators

January 14, 2010

We’ve had a lot of adventures with princesses in the past few weeks since Santa delivered a passle of princess Barbies to our house. The princesses have stood around looking pretty. They’ve had fistfights. They’ve had naked sex. They’ve basically ripped my feminist mommy aspirations from my heart and pounded them into the floor with [...]

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Naked Sex With Barbies

January 12, 2010

Awhile back, Rio wanted to go play at a friend’s house. Let’s call this friend X. I was lying in bed with the covers over my head pretending to be asleep while she negotiated this with her dad. He was trying to persuade her to have her friend over at our house instead of going [...]

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Playing Princesses

January 7, 2010

Serena: MOMMY! PLAY WITH ME! (grabs hold of my legs and drags me with all her tiny might toward a playmat covered with little plastic princess figurines) Me: OK. Serena: Me Beauty. You Snow White. Me: Ok. I take the doll she hands me. My doll walks around the playmat a little, exploring the castle [...]

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Princess Smackdown

December 18, 2009

We have two guest stars at home today: Rio and another kid who both go to private schools that let out freakishly early for holiday break. The kids are doing what they do every morning: eating their body weight in Cheerios, playing with the princess dolls in the dollhouse, and reading every book they can [...]

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Being an Elf is Hard

December 10, 2009

My eBay bid from yesterday was a silly success: Santa will be delivering a set of Disney Princess Barbies to my kids on Christmas morning, as requested in their letter to him. I only hope I won’t regret this when they’re playing “Sister vs. Sister Deathmatch” over the Snow White doll in a few weeks. [...]

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Letters to Santa

December 8, 2009

We all still believe in Santa around here. Yesterday, Rio made her first letter to Santa. It said: A Dollhouse That Looks Like A Real House (this was my suggestion) 16 Barbie Dolls (this was not my suggestion) Me 2 Barbie! Me Purple Barbie! (this was Serena’s suggestion) In fact, I had thought Serena was [...]

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The gift of 'princesses', no batteries needed

June 19, 2009

My mother gave Rio a bicycle for her birthday. A purple bicycle covered with Disney Princess decals. Safe to say, this was her dream bike, long awaited. She spent many winter afternoons sitting on Nana’s lap fantasizing about the bike that would magically appear to her when she turned five. So of course my mom [...]

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June 18, 2009

What parent has not worried about the impact of Disney’s princess marketing juggernaut on their young kids? It’s ubiquitous, poisonous and almost impossible to avoid. Today, a good friend sent me this link to Fallen Princesses, a photo exhibit by Dina Goldstein. She is, apparently, a mom and a photographer, and these photos are her [...]

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