Let’s talk about feminism & princesses!
Cartoon princesses play such a huge role in the lives of our children. They are one of the dominant cultural influences for kids of all kinds, inclusive of gender, race, orientation, economic status, and more.
Sometimes, the messages they send are empowering and empathy-building. Other times, the messages are confusing or concerning for parents and kids alike.
On Outschool, I teach classes for teens and tweens about the messages about gender, equity, and diversity that can be found in the cartoon princess movies. These young people have incredible insights about the movies that have influenced them. I have often found myself wanting to engage in these same conversations with my peers!
That’s why I look forward to facilitating conversations about the same topic for adults.
What i have learned from Talking with Kids About Princesses
With my Outschool students, we talk about things like agency, consent, authentic representation of a diverse world, and much more. These kids discuss what the movies mean to them and how to navigate the experience of realizing that something you love has problematic messages. We also look at the changing trends in princess movies and how the films have become more inclusive and feminist over time. We celebrate what should be celebrated and critique what should be critiqued. This gives kids practice using a feminist lens to look at media and entertainment.
talking about this topic with adults
In this class that I’m offering for adults, the focus will shift. We’ll cover the following issues and ideas:
- How were we influenced by princess movies when we were kids? (The good, the bad, and the in-between)
- What messages are we introducing to our kids through princess movies, trips to princess-themed parks, and more?
- What should be celebrated? What should be criticized?
- How do we navigate issues of our children’s love for complex entertainment?
- What is the responsibility of parents, teachers, and other adults who have influence over children to discuss topics like feminism, inclusion, and diversity?
Of course, we will also discuss the feminist values of the major princess narratives that children interact with on a regular basis!
How does class work?
My classes are designed for busy adults who want to participate in deep, enriching conversations with like-minded peers without having to commit a major amount of time or money.
We meet weekly for four weeks via Zoom. Each class lasts one hour.
There is no weekly homework, although I will occasionally provide optional supplemental reading materials.
Class is conversational with some in-class activities. I provide some introductory material, theories, or information, and then we discuss in our group.
A maximum of 10 students can enroll in each course.
This class costs $40.
Details for this upcoming class
Feminism & Cartoon Princesses will meet on Mondays from August 3-24 at 7pm (Eastern).
To register, send me a message through my contact page. You will receive instructions for how to pay, including options for PayPal, Venmo, and CashApp.
After payment is received, you will be sent an invitation to our recurring Zoom meeting, which will work for the rest of the class. Just log on at 7pm Eastern on August 3 and we’ll go from there!
Questions? Send me a message or post them below in the comments!
I look forward to talking about this important topic with you!
I teach from an intersectional feminist perspective. These issues are non-negotiable in my instruction: Black lives matter. Trans men are men and trans women are women. Racism is real; reverse racism is not. As a white instructor, it is my responsibility to de-center white voices and feelings in our conversations and any supplemental readings. Diversity isn’t just important because it’s good for us to learn from each other; diversity is also about ensuring that people in marginalized groups benefit from a change in the power structure. A diverse community must include neurodivergent individuals. Talking about feminism from an intersectional perspective means talking about race, gender identity, LGBTQ+ concerns, neurodiversity, body positivity/neutrality, and disability/ableism.