FCV053 The Princess Problem — Guest: Dr. Rebecca Hains
What’s wrong with three and four year old girls prancing around in sparkly dresses and tiaras and dreaming the night away hugging a Disney princess doll in a real princess canopy bed? The problem, according to Professor Rebecca Hains (author of “The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls Through the Princess-Obsessed Years”) is the way the “princess culture” suggests to girls that “most of their value comes from their appearance, while also feeding them stereotypes about race, gender, and beauty that they’re really not equipped to handle at such a young age.” Annie talks with Rebecca about how to raise an empowered girl in a princess world.
About Rebecca Hains (@RCHains)
Dr. Rebecca Hains is a children’s media culture expert. She is a professor of advertising and media studies at Salem State University, where she is the assistant director of the Center for Childhood and Youth Studies. Her research focuses on girls, women, and media. Rebecca’s books include “The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years” and “Growing Up With Girl Power: Girlhood On Screen and in Everyday Life”. Learn more at http://RebeccaHains.com
About Annie Fox, M.Ed.
Annie is a parenting expert with 30+ years experience. She’s been an online adviser to tweens, teens and parents since 1997. Her award-winning books include: “Teaching Kids to Be Good People”, “The Girls Q&A Book on Friendship”, and the groundbreaking Middle School Confidential™ book and app series. More information about Annie at: http://AnnieFox.com
About Family Confidential
Family Confidential: Secrets of Successful Parenting is a weekly podcast about 21st century parenting joys and challenges. Hosted by Annie Fox and produced by Electric Eggplant, Family Confidential provides practical parenting advice through down-to-earth interviews with parenting experts, educators, therapists, and entrepreneurs. These recorded discussions help parents strengthen family connections by providing tips, child-rearing insight and practical tools for guiding your kids through the tween years and beyond. http://FamilyConfidential.com