Princess in the Loo by Amie Taylor – Gender Stereotypes in the Children’s Entertainment Industry. What can we do?

Yes, yes, yes and YES! Gender stereotypes are frustrating, degrading, and for many children, so very soul crushing.

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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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