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Is Princess Culture Inevitable?


I've talked to many new moms who have visions of Barbie-free youth for their babes. Women who purchase art supplies, musical instruments and wooden blocks so their kiddos, particularly their daughters, would be interested in building a future free of fairies and princesses. But, no matter how much parents steer clear of the "buying into the brand" at places like the Disney Store or Toys R Us, is princess culture inevitable? On the playground and around preschool snack tables, lil ones talk Tinkerbell, Fairytopia and lands painted pink and purple. While they may outgrow the tulle and magic wand phase, mothers like myself find our youngster's toy boxes full of jewels, plastic high heels and tiny flying dolls that were gifted.

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