In Defense of the “Silly, Frilly Dress”


A few months ago my five-year-old daughter Alicia became obsessed with the TV show Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. My first instinct was to panic and do whatever I could to steer her back in the direction of her previous favorite show, Curious George. But I held my tongue and instead asked her why she liked the show. Her answer: “Because it has a thousand girls and only two boys.”

I love this answer! And I’m so glad I thought to ask, because If I had gone with my instinct, I probably would’ve taught her—and her younger brother—that shows about boys are more worthy than shows about girls.

Read the rest on MUTHA Magazine.


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