Yes, yes, yes and YES! Gender stereotypes are frustrating, degrading, and for many children, so very soul crushing.
Princess in the Loo
© Amie Taylor 2015
Gender Stereotypes in the Children’s Entertainment Industry. What can we do?
Flashback to five years ago. I’m dressed as a princess and have locked myself in the loo at a village hall near Borehamwood, a small town not far from London. This is not the highlight of my career. A fiasco has unfolded and I’m standing on the loo seat, attempting to get signal to call my boss, regretting that I’m currently wearing a hooped skirt which rules out escaping out of the tiny toilet window.
Cut to five minutes before. I’m new in London and currently working as a Party Princess. It doesn’t feel like my finest hour, but it’s an incredibly well paid hour nonetheless. (By 2013 I have quit this job on principle. I’d rather be responsible for cultivating young storytellers, adventurers, atom-splitters or ukuleleists, but not necessarily princesses.) …
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