The February choice for Royally Good Reads is one I’ve been looking forward to reading for some time: In Defense of the Princess: How Plastic Tiaras and Fairytale Dreams Can Inspire Smart, Strong Women by Jerramy Fine.
I’ve read and enjoyed Jerramy’s other books and followed her on Instagram for years (check out The Regal Rules for Girls and Someday My Prince Will Come). I also am a firm believer that little girls can love princesses and girly things without thinking that women are only capable of being rescued by men.
It’s no secret that most girls, at some point, love all things princess: the poofy dresses, the plastic tiaras, the color pink. Even grown-up women can’t get enough of royal weddings and royal gossip. Yet critics claim the princess dream sets little girls up to be weak and submissive, and allows grown women to indulge in fantasies of rescue rather than hard work and self-reliance.
Enter Jerramy Fine – an unabashed feminist who is proud of her life-long princess obsession and more than happy to defend it. Through her amusing life story and in-depth research, Fine makes it clear that feminine doesn’t mean weak, pink doesn’t mean inferior, and girliness is not incompatible with ambition. From 9th century Cinderella to modern-day Frozen, from Princess Diana to Kate Middleton, from Wonder Woman to Princess Leia, Fine valiantly assures us that princesses have always been about power, not passivity. And those who love them can still be confident, intelligent women.
Provocative, insightful, but also witty and personal, In Defense of the Princess empowers girls, women, and parents to dream of happily ever after without any guilt or shame.
Order the book here.
We’ll be discussing the book in the private Royally Good Reads Facebook group on Thursday, February 28. It’s a drop-in discussion with questions posted throughout the day, and we’ll also be welcoming the author for a one-hour Q&A session. Join us!
Hope everyone has a great week, and don’t forget to enter my The Songbird Collection earring giveaway. Winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day!