Today I spent the morning at Downtown Disney. I went in as a small-l libertarian capitalist. Now I think I'm a Marxist. I'm pretty sure I need a new wardrobe; this button-down stuff won't work at all. Downtown Disney is a hub of ravenous naked commerce that would make Adam Smith shit himself.
Today was Abby's sixth birthday, so much of the morning was taken up with her visiting the Bippity Boppity Boutique at the Disney store for a princess makeover. Now, though I support full formal and legal equality for women, I am not generally seen as a feminist, nor have I ever been, with the exception of a period in college where I pretended to be one for distinctly un-feminist reasons. But the whole Disney Princess thing rubs me the wrong way. First, it's a way to re-brand and re-sell Disney's old properties to kids. Second, I'm not sure I like the message it sends to my daughters. Even if Disney movies — at least the modern ones — have fairly brave female leads showing initiative and purpose, the Disney Princess branding is mostly about being decorative and well-behaved. Screw that. I want my daughters to kick ass and take names on whatever playing field in life they choose, and only be decorative and decorous to the extent it amuses them.
Abby emerged from the Boutique made up like Princess Jasmine, with poufed-up hair, makeup, and lots of glitter. She looked extremely cute and was very happy. I told her she was beautiful and didn't act like a grump. But inside, I was thinking that no one with glitter in her hair ever made a crucial cross-examination or convinced the Board of Directors to move forward with the IPO or transplanted the kidney successfully. Honestly, I didn't used to dwell on that sort of thing much. That's what having daughters will do to you.
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