Disney Rewrites has been taking a long vacation, we are back now. I would like to share with you Kieren King’s poem Not every Childhood Story Is A Fairytale performed at his night Evidently. The next Evidently is I believe at the Eagle Inn on the 10th Febuary, facebook event here.
Before that excellent piece there’s also a pertinent Guardian article today, Little girls deserve better than to be told to make themselves sexy. They reference this site, http://www.disneyboutiqueatharrods.com/, a place to give girls the princess experience, there is also a knight option for boys, but the majority of the site is aimed at girls very much. Extracts from the website:
‘Once upon a time…a Fairy Godmother waved her wand over London Town and brought a little Disney magic to Harrods. Discover our enchanted fairy tale castle and become a Princess in this unique world where imagination becomes reality.
Your little girl can step inside an enchanting fairy tale castle and accompanied by their personal Fairy Godmother-in-Training they will spend an hour completing their transformation whilst learning all about what it means to be a Princess.
This magnificent experience includes a choice from three exclusively designed luxury ball gowns and four glittering Princess shoes, a sparkly tiara and an exclusive sash and t-shirt. Also included is a make-up case filled with lots of goodies, a Princess travel case, a keepsake crystal Cinderella slipper and the complete Disney Princess doll collection. To complete the transformation your little Princess will choose from a selection of hair styles, face paints, nail colours and hair accessories. You will then take away a beautiful storytelling photo album full of memories following their transformation journey through the Boutique, as well as a commemorative photograph and certificate.’
Children are capable of building spaceships out of cardboard boxes, why does any child need so much equipment to ‘have fun’? This seems less like fun and more like practice for your life of princessdom.
To bring us down to earth with grace and style, here is Kieren King, Not every Childhood Story Is A Fairytale:
Plus, Stirred has joined the Paper. li community and will be the place to get your feminist news once a week, at the moment on a Friday, link below to see the first edition of Stirred World: