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Are you sure your daughter should dress up as a princess this Halloween?
Are you sure your daughter should dress up as a princess this Halloween?

If you have little girls in your life, chances are you know a thing or two about princesses. And as Halloween approaches, your little Belles or Cinderellas will take their fairy tale parading from their living rooms to the sidewalks in search of candy.  For parents, especially parents of girls, it’s really hard to ignore the power of princess culture. Princesses are an ubiquitous part of contemporary girlhood. And it may look as if it’s all in good fun, but beneath the tulle and tiaras are harmful messages about beauty standards, gender, romantic relationships and race. Which is why children’s media scholar Rebecca Hains’ new book “The Princess...

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