samsom (samsom) wrote,
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samsom

Hey

My daughter asked a great question tonight after our fifteenth viewing of Shrek and Shrek 2 this month....we were talking about fairy tales, mainly Cinderella. I was explaining some of the details of Cinderella's abuse at the hands of her stepmother to her (I have never shown her Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid).

She watched me as I dished up her dinner and asked in an off-handed manner, "why are the princesses so miserable at the beginning?"

I didn't have a simple answer for her, but I figured it was a good teaching moment so I told her that, for a long time, people thought girls had to be miserable to start with, in order to be happy in the end, and that it was a mistake to think all that had to happen was for some cute guy to kiss her for her not to be miserable. Or something.

Hopefully it will make sense to her retroactively.

I think it's time I share with her my love of Star Wars, and a princess that took charge of her own rescue.

(I'll have to wait a few more years to show her BtVS, AtS, and a particularly awesome champion who wasn't sugar and spice all the time)
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