I have a little (well really big) issue with all this comparison of women being princesses. Who wants to be a princess all their life – I want to be Queen.
The Kardashian’s are princess, Britney Spears is a princess, Oprah Winfry – she’s a Queen. See the difference?
The dictionary defines Princess as:
the daughter of a monarch.
• a close female relative of monarch, esp. a son’s daughter.
• the wife or widow of a prince.
• the female ruler of a small state, actually, nominally, or originally subject to a king or emperor.
informal a spoiled or arrogant young woman.
And Queen as:
the female ruler of an independent state, esp. one who inherits the position by right of birth.
• (also Queen Consort)a king’s wife.
a woman or thing regarded as excellent or outstanding of its kind:
The story of Queen Esther is one of my all time favorite stories. I don’t think a princess could have taken down the second most powerful man in the kingdom to save an entire nation. Tasks like that require a Queen.
In this world, we need woman who are confident, fearless, intelligent, gracious and kind. Qualities a princess typically doesn’t posses. If we want to tell our little girls they are princesses it should only be in preparation to teaching them how to be queen. Woman who remain princesses become annoying and usually are banished to some obscure island – or have their heads chopped off. This order is usually given by the Queen because she knows how dangerous such immature behave can be.
I’m not sure how or who decided that woman should think of themselves as princesses. I’m guessing it was a king that wanted to stay in control and was smart enough to know that keeping woman in the simplistic and cute role of princess would secure his throne for many years.
I’m not a princess. Don’t want to be treated like one either, don’t want to be thought of as one. I want to be a queen who has the power, authority and respect to make a difference in my world.