Also, there has been some backlash to the anti-princess backlash, as we’ve begun to reckon with some of the internalized sexism in feminism, particularly how it trickles down to kids. Princesses like clothes, are invested in relationships and value empathy. Me too. Facebook prompts for this article yielded a number of comments in which moms defended princess play — for their sons. And why shouldn’t our boys enjoy a little glamor and, perhaps, romance?
Navigating princess play
Few of us have the desire, let alone the will, to tell our children: “No more princesses.” We don’t have to.
“From a parent’s perspective, if kids love the fun and fantasy of princess play that is great, but it is a parent’s role to diversify their interests,” Hains said. “Make sure to give them other toys and other movies.”
Parents should also remember that “kids are never too young to talk about racism and sexism,” Hains added, suggesting that parents appeal to their kids’ innate sense of fairness. If you tell your kids that some people think other people are not as good because of their gender and race, they can understand that.
Also, when appropriate, it can be OK to explain to kids that not all real-life princesses are happy, and talk about why, Hains said. While suicide is too heavy for young princess fans, sadness is a relatable and appropriate topic of discussion.