It’s almost time for the Princess Half Marathon weekend at Walt Disney World. As with last year, I’m heading down to visit my parents then we’re driving to The World so I can do the Glass Slipper Challenge and the 5k. Kellie and my sister are also running the Glass Slipper Challenge but I was unable to convince either one of them to run the 5k with me. I’m losing my touch when Kellie can say “no” and mean NO to the 5k.
People shit on princess, but it’s not that bad. I mean, it’s a gendered race aimed towards women and a lot of women show up for the race. As far as I can tell, there are two constants at women’s races:
- Women will run together in groups, large and small, with their best girlfriends and they block the whole fucking course;
- Women love to wear matching t-shirts with some cutesy saying on it.
As for the “girly” “princess” part of it, my opinion and thoughts are the following: There is nothing wrong with things that are “girly.” There is nothing inherently bad about pink or about princesses. If anything, boys liking pirates that rape, pillage, and loot is more problematic from a morals standpoint. You won’t get a lot of sympathy from me on this one because, quite honestly, I think society tends to judge that which is aimed at men as superior by default. Men’s traditional jobs are more important than women’s, for example, in the way we completely devalue child and home care, so women who choose that path and value that labor are doing feminism wrong.
I don’t take issue with the princess narrative because I think hating on the princesses is a lazy-ass approach to feminism. Sleeping Beauty is a female protagonist dominated narrative featuring Disney’s greatest villain, who is an incredibly powerful woman, and that Prince couldn’t have done anything without the three female fairies and his horse so… But if something gets people engaging critically with the media they consume on a regular basis, that’s awesome.
So next weekend, whether you’re at the Princess Half or judging it from afar with a dramatic eye roll, let’s all agree the Princess legacy is complicated.