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Princesses Having a Hard Time with Their “Happily Ever After”

Wed, Jun 24, 2009

Pop Culture

cinderella_by_dina_goldstein“Cinder 3″ by Dina Goldstein

Princesses can’t seem to catch a break these days. People are poo-poo-ing Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog”; they’re criticizing princesses not only for raising passive human dolls, but for turning those kids into spoiled little brats; even guys, who normally don’t pay attention to this stuff, have had enough with all this princess crapola. And you won’t hear us complaining (we’ll take Buffy over Beauty any day). Our favorite of these princess digs is photographer Dina Goldstein‘s work-in-progress called “Fallen Princess,” a series which places fairy tale characters in modern day scenarios: “I began to imagine Disney’s perfect Princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues.” There’s Snow White up to her elbows in kids, Rapunzel after chemo and, our favorite, Cinderella in a dive bar drowning her sorrows in a glass of what we really, really hope is cheap whiskey. Check out some of the others at JPG mag.

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2 Responses to “Princesses Having a Hard Time with Their “Happily Ever After””

  1. AlanK Says:

    Try Sondheim”s “Into the Woodsl” with its great line from the prince: “I only said I was charming; I never said I was faithful.”

  2. hedgehog Says:

    Oh come on. Fairy tales are made to show you something better than reality – if not, they wouldn’t be fairy tales any more, they would be social dramas.

    Little girls’ role models aren’t Disney princesses (what, are you taking children for that dumb?). Their role models are their parents, sisters, grandparents or teachers.

    But it’s easier to blame it on the fairy tales, isn’t it?


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