As a mother of a daughter, I’ve long had ambivalent feelings about princesses, especially how Disney princesses are marketed to our children. Most little girls go through a phase where they latch on to one of the Disney gals — Ariel was a particular favorite for PunditGirl, even though I couldn’t bear the thought of a character being willing to totally abandon her family for some guy she’d just laid eyes on. Clearly we had a lot of talks about that one.
Princesses are getting a lot of attention this week with the release of Peggy Orenstein’s new book “Cinderella Ate My Daughter,” a memoir that’s apparently about the culture of raising “girly-girls.” I haven’t read it yet because I need a little break from “momoirs” for a while because my head is still spinning over this whole Tiger Mother thing. But if we’re going to fight the Disney marketing machine and how the culture of frills and flounces impacts our daughters, then we ought to focus on other princesses like “The Paper Bag Princess,” “Princess Smartypants,” and “The Princess Knight,” just to name a few. And let’s not forget my favorite non-princess princess Mulan — she’s not really a princess, she’s smarter than the boys and she saves China. That’s some serious girl empowerment.
But there’s one other non-girly princess in particular that I am hoping you’ll all join me in focusing on –
This is the warrior Lego princess that sits on the desk of my friend Susan who is battling breast cancer for the fourth time in as many years. But she’s not a girl who soley focuses on herself. Aside from her family and her work, she’s also an advocate for other breast cancer patients. Because of her generosity and selflessness, her friends in the blogosphere are trying to help her in her efforts to raise money to provide lymphedema sleeves to patients who can’t afford them (t hey are often not covered by insurance or Medicare). Kristin stepped up, and then so did Amie and then Jessica and Leticia and Marty and others. Plus Amie created this rockin’ button with the princess warrior — head over to her place and grab one for yourself.
So how can I not support Susan in this? You see, aside from Susan, I have another reason to support her efforts to raise money for others who battling breast cancer. My best and closest friend in the world lost her battle with breast cancer four years ago. I know she’d also want me to step up. If she was still here, I know she would, too.
So, if you leave a comment to this post, I will donate $1 for every comment up to 500 left by Friday, January 28 to Crickett’s Answer who is partnering with LympheDivas to provide women with free lymphedema sleeves, something that helps ease the pain of undergoing chemo treatment. And,of course, you can always donate directly if you’d like to do that.
As Amie said at her place, I can’t make Susan’s cancer go away. If I had one of those Harry Potter wands or Lucy’s flask from the Chronicles of Narnia, I would. But I can show Susan that I stand with her in her fight and in her effort to help others. It’s not a lot, but it’s a start.
I hope you’ll join me in kicking cancer’s ass, once princess at a time.