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On Princesses, Barbies and Star Wars

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When I first became a parent I was adamant that my kids would never have Barbies or Disney merchandise in my home. Of course for over 6 years I only had boys, and it was easy to keep the Barbies and Princesses out of the house. Then, two and a half years ago I suddenly became a father of girls and soon found myself surrounded by Barbie dolls and Disney stickers. Even the pull up diapers my daughter wore had Disney princesses on! Fortunately my then eldest daughter Noa was picky with her Barbies: she went with the Barbie Basics line, and now two and a half years and 12 Barbie dolls later, we still haven’t bought any blonde Barbies for her. The line also has black Barbies that Noya and Shiri like a lot.

Now the Disney princesses are a difficult thing here. Shiri and Noya devour anything that was made after 1990 by Disney. Luckily that cuts out Cinderella and Snow White. Noa, on the other hand, is a lot more picky. Her favourite is Mulan, and she also likes Belle, because she is smart. Neither of them are princesses. She, however, doesn’t really like the fact that the reward for the princess is always a man, and after the princess gets rescued by the man they marry and live happily ever after. I think she is a budding feminist. It really shows in her Barbie play as well. When I see her play with her Barbies, I often ask her what Barbie does, and the recurring answers are that Barbie is an architecht, aerospace engineer, or most recently a software developer. Barbie is always smart, gainfully employed, and independent. The various dolls take turns going out with the single Ken doll we have, but don’t worry, since Ken’s underwear is permanently attached to his body, Barbie keeps chaste.

A while ago Noa took up a new hobby: creating household items for Barbie from polymer clay. Being a mini enterpreneur, Noa sells them to her friends as well, who regularly order things in certain colours. Lots of kitchenware, laptops and a TV set. I think Noa should be enrolled in some sculpting classes. At almost 11 I think the quality of the small things she makes for Barbie really shows some talent there. She and Bella are really into sewing dresses for the dolls as well.

When I heard two days ago that Disney bought Lucasfilm, I first checked the date to make sure it wasn’t April 1. Then I checked other sources, because Cheezeburger is not a very reliable source, I mean I usually go there to read Failblog and such. But it’s true. So that now makes Princess Leia a Disney princess. So maybe finally there will be a Disney princess Noa will like?

4 Responses to “On Princesses, Barbies and Star Wars”

  1. Christie says:

    LOL… girls are definitely different. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. doesitevenmatter3 says:

    I loved reading this! I love that you get to experience both boys and girls! They are so unique and different!!! Especially during the teen years! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love Noa’s spirit, imagination, thoughts, creativity, etc!!! She’s an amazing girl!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I was a tomboy, but I still loved dolls and clothes, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚ And GI Joe romanced my Barbie. Your comments about Ken’s undies and Barbies chaste-ness made me laugh! ๐Ÿ˜€

    HUGS and Happy November!!!
    ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      It has been great having both boys and girls. It’s not that I don’t love my boys, but having the girls just rounds things out!

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