Monday, November 02, 2009

Pimped out Princesses

On Momentum magazine's site they had an old article from the New York Times posted. I read with heightening interest.

There is confusion across the board over gender roles, parenting styles and appropriate play for boys and girls. Peggy Orenstein brings a whirlwind of rigor and thought in her article "What's Wrong with Princess?" In the midst of interesting statistics and a brief glance at Disney's recent marketing strategies, Orenstein stands alongside every other mother and father in America trying to raise a daughter through the thick of marketing campaigns aimed right at daughters. Surprisingly I agree with a quote from her article that as young girls grow up as Princesses, their shade of pink gets more risque.
What you’re really talking about is sexual purity. And there’s a trap at the end of that rainbow, because the natural progression from pale, innocent pink is not to other colors. It’s to hot, sexy pink — exactly the kind of sexualization parents are trying to avoid.

Apart from definite roles of gender in manhood and womanhood there will be confusion for children to understand their sexuality and identity. Parents have to teach their daughters and sons identity in the roles that God has created and designed for them to be most fulfilled.