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In Defense of the Princess
How Plastic Tiaras and Fairytale Dreams Can Inspire Smart, Strong Women
By (author) Jerramy Fine

Summary

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.

about Jerramy Fine

  • Jerramy Fine was raised in rural Colorado, where her hippie parents hoped and prayed she would outgrow her princess obsession. But she never did. Instead, she moved to England to seek out a more royal life. Her childhood quest to become a princess is detailed in her hilarious memoir Someday My Prince Will Come. Fine studied political science at the University of Rochester and social science at the London School of Economics. She lives in London.

reviews

"The book serves as a reminder that feminism should provide women with the freedom to be anything they want—including princesses. Parents on all sides of the princess debate will find food for thought in this entertaining and provocative book."
--Booklist

"I love counterintuitive theories-they not only keep us on our toes and keep smugness at bay, but they provide truths hiding in plain sight. Jerramy Fine shows us-with personal insight and wit-what we kind of already knew: there's power, not weakness, in the princess fantasy."
--Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us and The News Sorority

other editions

  • eBook | ISBN 9780762458783
    Pub date: 03/22/2016 | Price: 12.99 Canada/$9.99
    240 Pages
    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
  • Paperback | ISBN 9780762458776
    Pub date: 03/22/2016 | Price: 19.50 Canada/$15.00
    240 Pages
    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies

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