A Momologue from Julie: All my friends are anti-Princess but me.
"I am a feminist. I didn't change my name when I got married. I am a proud working mother. I belong to NOW. But the other night at a dinner party, my feminist status was thrown into question. Five of my Mom friends and I were having dinner when the subject turned to the Disney princesses. Suddenly, the women became angry. They didn't allow their daughters to have anything princess. They hated princesses. And they didn't want to teach their daughters that when you landed a man, you lived happily ever after. I don't want to teach my daughter that, either. But I don't believe having a few (okay, more than a few) Cinderella costumes and dolls around will do her any damage. My 4-year-old daughter is princess-obsessed. She loves Ariel, Jasmine, Belle, and Aurora. She is crazy for anything emblazoned with their image, and Disneyland is her favorite place in the world. To me, this is a period that I treasure. She gets so excited when she plays with her princesses, and I don't want to take that away from her just because it doesn't fit in with my own feminist ideology. At some point in the near future, my daughter is bound to turn her back on Snow White and the gang for something cooler, hipper, edgier. But until that day comes, I am going to revel in every last Princess-loving moment. And, with any luck, we'll live happily ever after."