Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairiest of them all?

What’s with Nickelodeon’s new line of fairies, Winx? These fairies are even trashier looking than the Disney Tinkerbell ones! Their French-maid length skirts barely cover their high, tight hineys, and they’re wearing knee socks over their knees. Unlike the Tinkerbell fairies of the garden variety, these are like trampy hooker fairies. I would not be at all surprised if it were revealed that one of these fairies had made a sex tape. They make the cartoons of my youth seem so tame in comparison. I mean, Winx make Josie of Josie and the Pussycats look like Meryl Streep in Doubt.

And of course, The Princess knows all about this new show and has been anxiously awaiting its debut.  I need that noise like I need another kid.

I’ll tell you what — the way this summer’s been going, I’m about this close to becoming a screen-free household. But then, where would we be really? The 19th century? What good will that do them?

And sure, I can turn off this show, and forbid it in the household. I can tell her no when she sees the merchandise and wants it. But, I’m just so tired of the fight. We say we want to raise our girls to be strong and independent like boys, but then these are the images they get from the media? (This and Dora, taking them to ice cream fountains and candy mountains, feeding chocolate chip cookies to bugs, etc. Hey girls, would you rather be anorexic or diabetic? It’s one or the other!) There’s just no way around it, not in the twenty-first century.

Seriously though, I cannot tell you how many times my five-year-old daughter has asked me if she “looks fat” in this or that article of clothing. She has already begun to compare her body to others, and that is so unfair for her. Can we at least not make them care about body image until their teens?

Why trampy fairies, though? Why?

2 Comments on “Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairiest of them all?”

  1. Melissa says:

    Have you read/are you reading CINDERELLA ATE MY DAUGHTER by Peggy Orenstein? I’m reading this now and it’s definitely eye-opening. And, as you know from my Facebook rantings, I’m right there with you in wanting to go all screen-free and whathaveyou.

  2. egghead23 says:

    I have read excerpts of CINDERELLA and read other articles by Orenstein. I totally agree with what she says.

    I will admit also to some guilt on my own part. Having had two boys before her, the excitement of a girl brought a flurry of pink and “girlie” things into my house. But I have always been anti-objectification, and maybe that’s a natural progression from the pink, but I don’t see how it would be.

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