Synopses & Reviews
Itand#8217;s no secret that most girls, at some point, love all things princess: the poofy tutus, the plastic tiaras, the color pink. Some girls never lose these lovesand#151;theyand#8217;ve secretly (or not-so-secretly) carried them through to adulthood. The phenomenon of and#147;princess loveand#8221; has caused much hand-wringing in the blogosphere, as critics charge that these fantasies leave both girls and grown women caught in stereotypical roles.
Enter Jerramy Fine, self-described feminist AND princess, who offers fresh insights in her collection of essays that valiantly defends the harboring of princess dreams. She celebrates both real and imagined princesses, from Sleeping Beauty and Kate Middleton, to Wonder Woman, Princess Leia, and the oft-maligned Disney heroines. Using personal anecdotes, studies, and articles, Jerramy Fine assures parents that princess play can create smart, creative, and independent women. She also helps women understand their own Princess infatuation: why DID three billion people watch Kate Middleton become the Princess of Wales? Why are we still enamored of Princess Diana?
Provocative, insightful, but also witty and personal, In Defense of the Princess empowers girls, women, and parents to dream of happily ever after without any guilt or shame.
Itand#8217;s no secret that most girls love all things princess: the poofy dresses, the plastic tiaras, the color pink. Even grown-up women canand#8217;t get enough of royal weddings and royal gossip. Yet critics claim that the princess dream is dangerous and#150; setting little girls up to be weak and submissive, while encouraging grown women to indulge fantasies of gold-digging and rescue.
Enter Jerramy Fine, an unabashed feminist and proud defender of the princess genre. From 9th century Cinderella to modern-day Frozen, from Princess Diana to Kate Middleton, from Wonder Woman to Princess Leia, Fine valiantly assures us that those who love princesses can still be smart, strong and confident women.
Using poignant personal essays mixed with insightful research, In Defense of the Princess empowers girls and grown women to dream of happily ever after without any guilt or shame. And helps us understand how the princess dream has always been about power, not passivity.
About the Author
Jerramy Fine is a writer and lover of all things royal. She grew up in Western Colorado before relocating to England to study for her masterand#8217;s at the London School of Economics, and to possibly meet a prince to marry. She is the author of the well-received memoir Someday My Prince Will Come. Fine now lives in London with her husband and daughter.