The Girls-Can-Do-Anything 1980s seem to have melted into the Girls-Can-Be-Princesses 2010s. Is there any other costume option for girls in kids’ media?
Pop culture has become a morass for parents of little girls. You have to sidestep sexualised clothing for 6-year-olds and billboards of unusually skinny women in their knickers before you even get to questions of career choice, combining paid work and motherhood, or how to handle a glass ceiling.
If you’re interested in princess stories where the girl does the rescuing, or girl power music that actually empowers girls (rather than just saying ‘girl power!’ while wearing underwear on stage), check out A Mighty Girl, a resource website with guides to books, music, clothing, movies and other stuff.
There are some great resources around for raising girls in this difficult world of ours. I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments.
Thanks MJB for the heads-up (a phrase I prefer to the gendered ‘Hat Tip‘, though there should be something better out there: suggestions welcome in the comments!).
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