1.) I feel that children are now getting this strange sense of entitlement that I don't remember dealing with as a kid. When I think of the term "princess" I think of the Paris Hilton mentality. It makes me sad to think that someone like Paris Hilton could be considered a role model for young girls.
2.) Life is not a fairytale. I don't want my daughter to give herself up waiting for Prince Charming to rescue her. I'd like for HER to be the heroine in her own life. I think Tina Fey put it well when she said:
"I think this is ingenious marketing, but that princess thing sets off an alarm bell for me. [I'm afraid] all that might creep back into our culture. That a girl would aspire to be the Little Mermaid, a beautiful redhead with no legs who waits for her prince! Who literally gives up her voice! What are we doing?"
I worry that my daughter will get more compliments on her looks than on her brains. I worry that she will be discouraged and not show interest in a topic just because, "Girls don't do that" I worry that she'll hide her intelligence just to fit in or impress others. I worry that she will determine her self-worth by her looks, clothing, or social status instead of knowing she is priceless just as she is.