I got tired and surely, if you are reading this, it is because you are also tired of seeing your daughter run over and violated by so much stupidity. Why do few of us see this as a form of abuse? Well, tired of being asked, what is the problem with princess stories? I have decided to clearly write my political and literary position, but above all my position as a father.
What's the problem with princess stories?
Princess tales end when the story gets interesting. They usually end when the damsel is rescued, her spell is broken, and she marries a prince. There these stories end, generally, with a "happy ending."
But they really end there because most of those who write these stories are not interested in telling us what happens after the story ends.
What they don't tell us about princesses
We well know that princesses are born with two conditions: either they are born within the monarchy, or they are born outside of it. In both cases, a princess must always learn to be a princess. Because a boy by himself would be more of a tiger than a prince; I would be more bird than princess.
There is an initiatory moment in the lives of the princesses in which they are given the magical secret of being different girls from the rest, destined to be special. This is when every princess must learn very well that there is no princess without subjects; that there is no master without a slave; that there are people who are more important than others.
Princess tales never speak of the natural reluctance that a child has to accept that sad, adult idea that there are people more important than others. They never tell us about the indoctrination that princesses must undergo because, naturally, to be a true princess you have to learn to be a master.
You also learn to be a slave. For that you do not need other types of books. Princess books also serve (in fact that is their most important use) so that girls who are never going to be princesses learn to be good slaves while they yearn to be princesses.
And is that once you convince a child that the monarchy is fair, as an adult it is easy to convince her that any injustice is fair. It will be easy to convince him that it is normal that there are masters and that there are slaves.
Princess tales always begin when princesses are already princesses (or potentially princesses); occasionally tinged with rebellious princesses who question tradition and authority in a certain way, although, ultimately, none are willing to stop being princesses. Because when you are a princess you never want to give up being a princess.
What happens next we all know. Some spell of an evil witch, a castle, a prince who rescues her, an evil stepmother, a dragon and as a final destination, the formation of a family of nobles. But what happens once they are married is what nobody counts.
Every princess turns evil
What no one has told you is that every princess becomes sad after being married. She has exchanged her freedom for living among dull and gray people. She has servants who do everything for her, to the point that she can no longer even laugh by herself. The prince and princess will learn to be very skinny or very fat and to be grumpy, because when they are kings it will be very important to be very fat or very skinny and above all very grumpy.
So there is not much to tell about a princess, for the life of the master is never as interesting as the life of a free man, and even the life of the slave. Princes and princesses are sad, gray, bored, and grumpy.
In the end, every princess and every prince become tyrants. They exert their power with rage against their subjects, as if they were guilty that princes and princesses lost the most precious good.
That's what the tales of princes and princesses never tell. Perhaps because those who write these stories like these ideas; the idea that there must be someone superior to send about others.
Don't read princess stories to girls, no tales of princes to boys (except The Little Prince) because they will learn to be a master or surely slaves. They'll learn that it's normal for there to be an exploiter and an exploiter. They'll be docile and easy to convince.
Tell them about the birds and the horses, who have no owner, who have no master, so that they may be rebellious and free. Because it is the free and rebels who change the world. Talk to the girls and boys about the most precious good: freedom.
They may not agree with many of these ideas, but that's what it's all about. If you have something to add, comment on, or contradict, leave us your comment.