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.
What would you think of Woody from Toy Story if he wore pink? Would you think the color choice was incongruous—that it didn’t seem masculine enough for a 1950s-era cowboy toy? Well, you’d be wrong, as these images from the 1955 Sears Christmas Book catalog attest.