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Could technology be the final nail in the princess coffin?

3 years ago

2 experts and 1 parent have answered

Tamsin Oxford writer
Tamsin Oxford Professional writer and editor Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK

The answer is YES. Especially if we can get more media (read Hollywood) to stop catering to the Princess Ideal and do more about respecting real women for who they are and not what colour they like or how many flowers they can weave into their hair, or how skinny they are.

David Trumble raises the hammer. He took incredible women and turned them into the Princess archetype. It is hard not to pause when you look at a sparklified Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head and neck because she stood up for a woman’s rights. Suddenly that frock and tiny waist leave an exceedingly bad taste in your mouth.

What’s interesting is that it isn’t a woman drawing these images, it is a man standing up and saying, ‘Stop the Princess'.

The princess’s coffin is constructed entirely of GoldieBlox, the brainchild of Debbie Sterling Lewis.

Her creation of a toy that is designed to give girls the same levels of spatial thinking and awareness as the vast majority of so-called 'boy’s toys' has caused an internet sensation. The video of the three girls creating an epic engineering device to turn off the TV has gone viral. It’s time to ditch the dollies and allow little girls to gain the same STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) basics as boys do with almost every toy they are given. And that’s not all technology has to offer the girl who won’t be a princess!

There is Black Girls Code, the Huffington Post’s Girls in STEM mentorship programme, the National Girls Collaborative Project and the STEMettes.

Get involved, bury the princess and say goodbye to our girls inheriting a Pink Earth. It’s about time.

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Opinion 3 years ago
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Suzanne Freyjadis expert
Suzanne Freyjadis Consultant, Education Technology Austin, US
Technology expert

I would like to say, yes, but fear that parents are a much larger hurdle than technology.

I think that things are definitely getting better, but until we don't need to turn toys pink for parents to buy them for girls I don't think the battle will be won.

I was skeptical when Lego Friends came out so I went to talk with some employees at my local Lego Store and was really surprised to hear that parents would bring their daughters into the store with their sons and would not buy the girls a toy because, "those are for boys." The store saw their sales to girls increase exponentially once Lego Friends came out.

This is a parent issue, not an issue of the girls not wanting the toys.

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Fact 3 years ago
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James Brodie expert
James Brodie Test Director Birmingham, GB
Technologist expert

I would like to say it won't. The reason for this is that it is down to how you interact with technology and m ist importantly the precedent you set at home as a parent. My house is a hub of interactive devices and consoles however my daughter still likes to go out in her princess dress. The key is at a young age introducing your children to technology but show them how to use it responsibly. My daughter has a handheld console but she is limited on the time she can spend on it. We read stories together, we make dens in her room and along with her brother we have plenty of imaginary play. I have seen instances where tech is used as a babysitter and that is when children's imaginations can be affected. Embrace technology but know it's value and its limit and that your children need that human interaction.The two can happily coexist but remember YOU are in control!

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