Hugo Schwyzer published a post titled “Should You Let Your Little Girl Embrace Princesshood?” It is an unexpectedly refreshing post that demonstrates the idiocy of banning princesses, color pink, and Disney movies from a child’s life as some sort of a feminist gesture.
Nothing stuns me more than earnest discussions of quasi-feminists about the horrors supposedly done to a child’s future role in life by color pink, Barbie dolls, and Disney movies. They publish endless reports detailing how they have protected their innocent toddler from the pernicious influence of this or that color. I have to ask, are they really so lacking in knowledge about the mechanisms of the formation of the human psyche, or is this obsession with trivial stuff their way to relinquish their responsibility for their child’s upbringing?
Even adolescents know these days that a child’s vision of gender roles is formed on the basis of the relationship the child observes between her or his parents. You can paper every surface of that child’s life with pink and play Disney videos at her all day long and that will change nothing in how she sees gender roles. Toys, colors, and videos do not bring children up. Parents do.
So when I see anti-pink and anti-Disney rants, I wonder if people are dense or irresponsible. I see no alternative possibility.