Look, I know that princesses are controversial. I know that, as a good, card-carrying, liberal-arts-graduate-degree-holding feminist, I'm not supposed to let my daughter anywhere near them. But please: even if it were possible to get a Princess Vaccine with which to inoculate our daughters against insidious counter-feminist infections due to exposure to pink and glitter, would you really actually want to do that? When, for example, the Princess Canon includes young women like this? -->
Mulan. She's pretty awesome, as far as Disney heroines go. She takes her
father's place in going to war and kicks some serious bad-guy ass in
the process. She saves her country. She saves the guy. She could teach Buffy the Vampire Slayer a thing about slinging sharp pointy weapons. She's awesome.
So. Princess-tested, feminist-approved.
(She's an easy case, of course. Can I do the same with any other 'princesses'? Wait and see.)
(Am I doing this because we're going to DisneyWorld, to race princesses? You betcha. I gotta be prepared. Either I accept some degree of princessness, or I'm going to have to run as Maleficent.)