Although I graduated from college just a couple of weeks ago, I’m still a Disney princess at heart (tiara, princess voice and all). I may be an educated semi-feminist, but there’s something about the franchise that brings me right back to my childhood. Of course, when Disney came up in the blogosphere this week, I had to take a look!
- Merida, the heroine from Pixar’s Brave, is now officially a Disney princess, and with every great title change comes a controversial makeover (pictured in the article). Critics are outraged with Merida’s new appearance, claiming that she looks much thinner now and that Disney is sending a negative message to young girls. Personally, I don’t see a huge difference before and after. What are your thoughts?
- For her daughter’s fifth birthday, one mom from Texas decided to forgo the Disney princess theme. Instead, she dressed her daughter as five real-life heroines (Coco Chanel, Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, Jane Goodall and Susan B. Anthony) and photographed her as each. I’ve been hearing about more and more young girls dressing up as inspirational women in history, and as much as I loved my Belle costumes as a little girl, I have to say I think this is such a cool idea.
- Are clothes getting too skimpy for young girls? This is what one New York Times writer and father of two had to say.
- Brianna Wiest from Thought Catalog wrote about the “games” we play when dating in order to hide our vulnerabilities. Great article about our insistence on playing hard-to-get instead of being straightforward.
- We’re constantly reading about what we can do to make ourselves desirable in the job market, but sometimes the “don’ts” are just as important as the “dos.” PR Daily addresses graduating college students by explaining what not to do when applying for jobs!
- I jumped on the bandwagon for the HBO show Girls only recently, but I quickly became addicted, watching the entire series in the span of about two weeks. I can’t help but identify with a couple of the characters (regardless of what that says about me!), and would much rather listen to people discuss whether they’re “a Shoshanna or a Jessa” than “a Carrie or a Miranda.” Kelly Williams Brown of Adulting wrote this fantastic open letter to each of the show’s characters on how to grow up, and if you’re a fan of the show, you’ll be sure to enjoy.
- Did you know that social media has impacted the way we think about food? Check out this Greatist article about the positive and negative effects that social media has had.
- Chicken piccata is one of my favorite dishes, but it can get a little calorie heavy at times! Dani Spies posted a recipe and video for a healthier chicken piccata recipe that I can’t wait to try. (I love her videos – they not only helped me to make the most delicious broccoli ever, but they also taught me how to hard boil eggs. Don’t make fun of me.)
What have you been reading lately?