Once upon a time little girls everywhere aspired to be princesses.
It was cute, it was fun and no one complained.
Then feminism happened.
(Don't get confused here and think I have any desire for things to be like they were back in the day when women had no rights and no vote and no voice. Because I don't.)
Somewhere along that road though, the word princess became a dirty word.
The masculinization of women became the goal, rather than embracing the strengths that inherently belong to women. If you dreamt of a Prince Charming you were weak. If you hoped for a knight in shining armor you were dependent and delusional. If you focused on feminine traits and the strength of being kind and gentle, you were shunned.
More recently it seems to be swinging back to somewhere in the middle.
I know some people that are hugely bothered by this. I'm sorry if you're one of them.
I'm glad that it's become ok to celebrate being feminine again. And I'm grateful that more people seem to realize that feminine doesn't equal weak. Very often the quiet and enduring strength of women is the most amazing strength there is.
I saw this little clip yesterday.
It actually made me all teary.
I am blessed to be a part of a religion, and really a culture that celebrates the divine nature of women.
After I shared that Disney clip on Facebook, a friend sent me this link.
Be a force for good.
Be a Princess.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Posted by Catey at 10:00 AM