Less Princess Jasmine, More Princess Leia

 

I speak a lot to the pressures of raising a daughter in a culture that throws pink princesses and impossible standards at young girls. Recently, I posted my thoughts on the death of Carrie Fisher on Geek Girl Authority, where I’m a contributing writer, and it made me put some thought into what made someone like Carrie Fisher and her portrayal of Princess Leia so different from the typical Disney princess. Here’s what I came up with:

So much of female princess stories revolve around finding a man and getting married, eventually moving into a big castle and eventually getting some kind of “happily ever after”. Now Princess Leia does get a romance storyline, but the difference is she doesn’t necessarily need one. What’s more, she’s perfectly capable of rescuing people on her own. And we know from watching later films in the Star Wars saga, she doesn’t get to walk off into the sunset.

Leia is imperfect but also very capable. She’s highly intelligent and funny. Carrie Fisher was all of those things – a beautifully complicated woman. She raised her daughter, Billie, without gender which allowed this young woman to grow into her own identity rather than the one assigned to her. Carrie was an example of someone with who achieved success despite battling her own mental health problems. I think, as our daughters grow, it’s better to show them imperfect women and how they overcome those issues to the best of their abilities rather than expecting a perfect world.

“I don’t hate hardly ever, and when I love, I love for miles and miles. A love so big it should either be outlawed or it should have a capital and its own currency.” – Carrie Fisher

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About Maia Rodriguez

"Military Mom" Maia Rodriguez was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but that was about twenty homes ago. After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theater, she traveled just about everywhere in the country, lived in a green turtle-like tent for 6 months, toured and slept in the back of her van and even worked in Japan for a year. Then she met her husband who tamed her (ha!) and they embarked together on the adventure of parenthood in southern California where she worked as a professional pirate. Now, two children later, the family currently resides in VIrginia, where she sings for the US Navy as a vocalist. When she’s not mothering, she’s writing music for "Evernight," singing and writing for the Baby Bullet Blog.

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