If you haven’t noticed, there is an ongoing revolt against princesses, and consequently, calling a little girl a princess is all of a sudden offensive to people. Is it the delicacy and dependency of princesses that people find anti-feminist? I get it, we want our daughters to know they are strong and capable. So what do we want instead? Wonder Woman? Sure. But, why is it that we can’t have little girls who are princesses AND wonder women? Why can’t we celebrate delicacy and bravery? Why not both?
I call my daughter a princess and a superhero all the time because I believe her to be both beautiful and brave. When I look at her I see her strength and I also want to honor her unique beauty as a GIRL in this world. She is delicate and tough. Sensitive and strong. She is courageous and wild and free and darling all at once, and she reflects those character qualities in a way that only she can.
I want her to know she has it in her to risk, and that while sometimes we risk and succeed, other times we risk and fail and need the help of others. I want her to know that she can ask for and accept help, and that makes her both delicate AND brave. Admitting your own delicacy as a human (the fact the we cannot actually do everything in our own power and strength) is sometimes the bravest thing you can do, so obviously these are not mutually exclusive. I want my girl to know that both are important as she matures and grows into herself as a beautiful image-bearer of an ultimately creative and intentional God.
I don’t think princess has to be an offensive title. May we celebrate all the things that make us who we are. Beauty. Bravery. And everything in between.