What's Up With Princesses?

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First book in a series featuring inspiring characters who motivate young readers to move from passive consumption of media images to active community-building.
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Marianne Vardalos
Education
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
1 Team Member

DO YOU FIND YOURSELF DISAPPOINTED THAT IN POPULAR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE THERE ARE SO FEW GOOD ROLE MODELS FOR LITTLE GIRLS? ARE YOU TIRED OF WHAT WALT DISNEY THINKS LITTLE GIRLS ARE MADE OF: DIAMOND TIARAS AND PINK FEATHER BOAS?

THAT'S PRINCESS CULTURE AND IT IS NOT GOOD FOR OUR GIRLS.

From horrifying displays on Toddlers and Tiaras, to Disney's wide-eyed beauties who sacrifice anything for a man, the impacts of princess culture on little girls is harmful and enduring. The culture industry has now made it so that princesses and all things associated with them are a girl's only option -- gendering everything from building blocks to bibles and normalizing divahood as admirable behaviour.

The What's Up Book Series has been created to develop critical thinking skills in children and young adults and equip them with the tools needed to challenge pervasive cultural images of gender inequality.

“What’s Up with Princesses?” is our first book. It is also the question protagonist Zuzu asks when everyone keeps assuming this 6 year old girl wants to be a princess. Now she finds herself in a difficult position. What should she do? She does not want to upset the loving adults around her but she feels the need to challenge the assumption that every little girl wishes to be a princess. More importantly she wants to tell the truth. Zuzu hates princesses!

How to help:

We need to publish and aggressively promote the first book in this critical series so that schools, libraries and bookstores will recognize the need to respond to our demands as parents and democratic citizens committed to gender equality and social justice. With this series, we can democratize the media and continue to develop strategies which motivate young readers to move from passive consumption of images to active participation in civil society.

If you contribute to the promotional campaign for the launch of "What's Up With Princesses"? your name will be listed as as a Founding Member of our Editorial Board whose mandate is to instill in all young readers, an ethic of community action and social change.

As a Founding Member of the Board you are  showing your genuine commitment to inspiring children and teens to create their own destiny, to seek healthy, reciprocal relationships and to cultivate within themselves the strength to reach their personal goals.

If you can't contribute monetarily, please help us by asking your local libraries, bookstores and schools to order the book and study guide.

 

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    Thank-you for supporting the "What's Up with Princesses?" book project and our mandate to develop critical thinking skills in children.

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    Listed as a Member of the Editorial Board from 2013-2014 Receive a free advanced copy of "What's Up With Princesses"?

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    Listed as a Lifetime Member of the Editorial Board. Receive a free first edition copy of "What's Up With Princesses"? signed by the author and illustrator.

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