At Juvenile Hall Design, I remain committed to the idea that design can be used for celebration and inspiration. Usually our focus is on spaces and activities. But this reminds me just how influential design can be. This post was brought to my attention through www.mightygirl.com
"Merida was the princess that countless girls and their parents were waiting for -- a strong, confident, self-rescuing princess ready to set off on her next adventure with her bow at the ready. She was a princess who looked like a real girl, complete with the ‘imperfections’ that all people have. The redesign of Merida in advance of her official induction to the Disney Princess collection does a tremendous disservice to the millions of children for whom Merida is an empowering role model who speaks to girls' capacity to be change agents in the world rather than just trophies to be admired. Moreover, by making her skinnier, sexier and more mature in appearance, you are sending a message to girls that the original, realistic, teenage-appearing version of Merida is inferior; that for girls and women to have value -- to be recognized as true princesses -- they must conform to a narrow definition of beauty." - www.mightygirl.com
My dear friend, Brenda Chapman, is the creator of Brave and it's lead character, Merida so in that respect this is personal. But as the mother of two young daughters, this hit's me even harder. Mother's Day is this Sunday so there couldn't be a better time to think about what we want our daughters to perceive as strong independent role models.
I urge you to read this petition, and decide for yourselves.