The Princess Problem by Rebecca Hains

The Princess Problem

Little girls love everything about princesses: the beautiful dolls, the romantic love stories, the glittering play clothes. But girls’ princess obsessions bring more than pink sparkles into their lives: Pop culture princesses are part of an enormous and powerful marketing…

Rebecca Hains Growing Up With Girl Power Book Cover

Growing Up With Girl Power

For more than a decade, girl power has been a cultural barometer, reflecting girlhood’s ever-changing meanings. How did girl power evolve from a subcultural rallying cry to a mainstream catchphrase, and what meaning did young girls find in its pop…

About Rebecca

Dr. Rebecca Hains is a children’s media culture expert. She is a professor of advertising and media studies at Salem State University in Salem, Mass., where she is the assistant director of the Center for Childhood and Youth Studies. Her research focuses on girls, women,…

Balancing princess culture with significant women: A reader report on raising empowered girls

Empowering the Next Generation: Women’s Day A guest blog post by Katie Grant In today’s world, most girls go through a princess phase: princess outfits, tiaras, shoes, curly hair, makeup, nails, the whole nine yards. I went through that phase, even though…

Princess Awesome dresses

Princess Awesome Kickstarter Signals a Cultural Tipping Point

Princess Awesome’s traction may be a cultural referendum on the relentlessly monochromatic girly girl culture we’ve lived with for more than a decade—a signal that we’re approaching a cultural tipping point on the subject. And that’s a good thing.

Discrediting #BlackLivesMatter with ambulance concerns is disingenuous. Here’s why.

Boston-area #BlackLivesMatter protesters made national headlines today by chaining themselves to roadway railings and 1,200-lb construction barrels, bringing traffic into Boston on I-93 N and S to a halt during the morning commute. According to a press release posted to the…

10 Real-World Princesses Who Don't Need Disney Glitter. Copyright David Trumble. Used with permission.

Role Models Reimagined as Disney Princesses: A Q&A with Artist David Trumble

In the midst of the “Sexy Merida” controversy back in May, cartoonist David Trumble posted a satirical set of cartoons to the Huffington Post. His cartoons imagined how Disney’s Consumer Product Division would redesign other female role models to fit…

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Sexy Disney Princess costumes

Sexy Halloween Costumes Reveal the Truth about Girls’ Toys

Do you object to sexy Halloween costumes for little girls? When you compare the “Little Leopard” costume for young girls to the adult “Sexy Leopard” costumes, do you cringe? When you see children’s classic Disney Princess costumes placed literally steps…

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Science Museum gift shop offers girls “space princess” tees and other stereotypes

You know, there are a lot of ways to get girls excited about science, but I don’t think this is one of them: Neither is this: The fact that a science museum is targeting girls Lego Friends style–by coating the gender-neutral…

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