As with It's a Boy, and Literary Mama, Andi has put together a collection of essays perfect for reflection on our lives as mothers and quick reading in
the bathroom little chunks of time. I even love the cover of It's a Girl: a little girl in a tutu, wearing untied sneakers and carrying a basketball. It's the kind of femininity I like to promote to my girls: wearing a dress and getting dirty need not be mutually exclusive. It's possible to be both feminine and tough.
Today Andi is blogging about Kim Fisher's "Shining Shimmering Splendid", about her triplets and their princess power. Kim Fisher is also a neighobor of mine, so I've seen her triplets playing out on the street in their dress-ups many times. They are fabulous.
The Disney princesses make me uneasy. Naomi has her own fixation with Belle and Ariel and her own basket of princess themed dress-ups. Yesterday, when making wishes with dandelion fuzz, she said "I wish ...to marry...a prince!" Ugh. My mom thought it was funny. I did not.
I am hoping to hook some other association to the princess with the powerful, heroic princesses of Miyazaki*. Princess Nausicaa brokers peace between warring species, all while flying through the air on a glider. Princess Mononoke savagely defends nature from human invasion. They are the absolute inverse of the Disney falling in love in a pretty dress mold.
It's amazing what little girls can do: they can turn the Disney Princesses into something powerful, as in Kim's essay. I will remember that when Naomi hikes up her Belle dress to chase a soccer ball barefoot across her cousin's backyard. Princesses don't have to be weak.
*Just a warning: Miyazaki's movies tend to be a little scary.