Radical Princess and Pioneer Barbie

Celebrate Woman History Month by embracing the imagination within our girls.


March is Women's History Month and OPL is hosting a Women's History Celebration in many libraries across the city.

But did you know that OPL's Womens History celebration was inspired by a costume contest? That's right, a simple game of dress-up resulted in the RADest Women's History celebration OPL has ever seen. 

I am bringing this to your attention because I want to remind you that our little girls play dress-up every day. Disney sells millions of dollars in costumes for Elsa, Ariel, Tianna and Merida et. al. During Woman’s history month, I don't want you to forget the power of a princess. Dressing up like a princess gives girls confidence to be anyone they can be. Just in time for Woman's History Month Disney has released the following video:

                                courtesy of:  http://princess.disney.com

I know that "you can be anything" is Barbie’s motto, at least it used to be the 80's when I played with her. Which brings about another point, don't discount the influence of Barbie. With Barbie a girl learns that she can do anything; because Barbie dolls are doctors, teachers, chefs, astronauts, drive fast cars, live in dream houses, and yes, always has the perfect outfit for the occasion. And Barbie has evolved, embracing diversity in complextion and body type. This video was released in January, but it is fitting Woman's History month too: 

                                     courtesy of www.barbie.com 

In a time when being strong is celebrated, and gender equality is making strides towards gender neutrality, don't forget that dressing up, teaches girls to be strong, powerful, and influential. Should your daughter be a princess and plans to rule the world while wearing stiletto heels, celebrate her this month. If your daughter prefers cleats and black eye grease unstead of eyeliner, celebrate her too. This month let your daughter  dress-up, because with a change of clothes there is no imagining what she can do. 


I wish that we lived in a

I wish that we lived in a society where the issues that have plagued women,minority groups and our society in general, would finally be recognized in the mainstream media. The subconscious encouragement of young girls to be "princesses" reinforces the ideal of bourgeois materialism striving to become "aristocrats" in a world that is being rapidly pillaged of it's natural resources due to greed. The persistent message that wealth equals power and success is prevalent one. The iconic Barbie doll still remains an object of sexual perfection though new, more natural body types are being introduced; the change still isn't an accurate representation of most women's beautiful and natural body types. So many young girls are starving themselves to reach a perfectionistic, objectified ideal and are surrounded by this message in mainstream media which includes children's media, books and toys. Change is coming but not soon enough in my opinion.

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