Potty-mouthed Princesses and Wisdom from a Witch



A friend, a young woman I truly respect, shared this video on her FB page.  After seeing it, I posted it myself with a warning.  I knew that some people would find it offensive, in fact, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it myself.  But after some thought, I decided it would be interesting to get other opinions. There was some discussion, both for and against.  I don’t think foul language is an effective way to get a point across, but it is an effective way to get attention, a well placed F word to express anger for an appropriate reason: women’s unequal status in society. It needs to be followed by a well thought out argument for change.  Many of you have probably seen Emma Watson’s speech to the UN General Assembly, if not, here it is.  It’s worth a listen.

We should teach our daughters to be strong and proud and we should also encourage them to be angry in the face of financial inequality, rape statistics, violence against women and sexism.  In fact, we should be sending the same message to our sons.

What’s your opinion?

3 Responses to “Potty-mouthed Princesses and Wisdom from a Witch”

  1. Margaret Fagen says:

    Offensive? Yes! Saddened? Absolutely!!! Is this truly what we (mothers) see as the right path and future for our young girls? I don’t quite understand how any woman could use young girls in this manner to “gain attention”. Young girls should never be “used” to promote a “cause” and reduced to using gutter language, as the words used in this video are way beyond potty-mouthed. C’mon women…..if you want to join the “victim” crowd, please don’t sign up your innocent daughters.

  2. Michele says:

    Thanks, Margaret, I’m glad you followed up on this. I’ve thought a lot about how I feel about the princess video. I am much more comfortable with Emma Watson’s approach to the same subject. I watched my mom struggle for years to raise 5 children on a teacher’s salary 40 years ago. My mother always approached life with a gentleness and kindness that still amazes me. She would have been appalled by the language in this video, but not by the sentiment. We were raised to be “nice”, you and I, we raised our children to respect themselves, stand up for themselves and respect others. As I grow older, I find it harder to see just black and white in all but a few things. I agree that using our sons and our daughters to promote a cause of our own is wrong, and I wish that every young woman could speak with the grace and determination of Ms. Watson. We have come a long way, but there is much more to be done.

  3. Margaret Fagen says:

    Oh, Michelle, can you even imagine our mothers hearing us use this type of language? Not a chance! In fact, I didn’t even know this word existed to late high school…haha The beauty of innocence. And now I know where your beautiful gentle and kind nature began…your mother. What a wonderful example she was to you; and now, you, to your children. I agree that we definitely see the world and life differently as we grow older. We have so many life experiences on which to base our opinions and judgement. And that is one problem I have with using young children and even some young women to promote a “cause”. I certainly have no problem, and even encourage, all youth to participate in causes to help others, for example, food drives for the hungry, cures for the sick, help for the needy and such. But for a young girl to speak out on women’s issues is absurd. Yes, Emma Watson spoke with such grace, determination and Class and I applaud her for that. I just hope she doesn’t join the current trend of trying to turn all women into victims. There are many women in the world who are true victims and they deserve our help and support. Well, those are my thoughts for the day but I must get my “woman’s work “done…going to clean some windows and make lasagna…haha Actually, some days I truly enjoy my “housework”; seems to clear my mind. Thanks for listening! Love to carry the conversation on soon. Love to you and your family!

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