A show of hands, please. How many librarians/teachers/parents/otherwise responsible grownups who work with young girls are sick of these ladies:
Look, I grew up in the eighties. I loved The Little Mermaid. I sang the songs, I role played at losing my voice for the Prince, I wish desperately for red hair and…..um….something worthy to be covered by seashells. Hey, I’m not proud of it, but there it is. I, and my sense of self-worth, survived. Although, looking at the barrage of sexualized and unrealistic images thrown at girls from practically the moment they are born, I cannot help but wish that the young women of the next generation have some better, more realistic, role models.
While Dina Goldstein’s photograph series, Fallen Princesses, isn’t quite what I had in mind, it’s certainly thought-provoking and intriguing (in a sad, ooo-that’s-so-wrong kinda way).