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Thursday, November 23, 2006

A Disney Christmas

Teaching girls what's important: The Disney Princess Kitchen.

Christmas is getting closer and the 47 lb. flyers are landing on people's doorsteps across the land. People may not have time to flip through 599 pages of awesome prices, but doggone it, they're making the time.

Why? The sales are on, enticing people to part with their green, or in Canada, their bright rainbowy money, which may or may not be confused with Monopoly money. Parents are hoping to create cherished memories with their little ones, perhaps even celebrating their very first Christmas with little Clint.

Suz and I were flipping through the flyers the other day, looking for deals, and ideas, and stuff to make fun of. We always look through the local flyers. It's fun. And sometimes we find sweet bargains or Canadian Tire 10%-off coupons, which we used Tuesday night.

Anyhoo, Suz hit the jackpot when she found this "Disney Princess Kitchen" for half price.

The pink plastic Disney Princess Kitchen is a steal at $49, but raises some questions about what we teach our children. Forget for a moment that the image of a little girl sends a message that women should be in the kitchen, cooking. Forget that it brainwashes little girls to think they ought to start at the tender age of four and a half.

The worst part is that this particular kitchen, as opposed to a Fisher Price kitchen, sends an extremely socially-incorrect message. Princesses do not cook for themselves. They have servants. Shame on you Disney, for not calling it the Disney Servant's Kitchen for Snotty Little Snots, in Pretty-Princess-Castle Shape.


Blogger patti_cake said...

Ah but I do adore the Disney Princesses :)

5:43:00 PM

Blogger SJ said...

And letting 4-1/2 year olds of either gender cook is stupid as well as suicidal. They just might toss in some pesticide coz it smells good.

12:04:00 AM

Blogger stillfindingnemo said...

1. We should have named the baby Clint.

2. You should get one and then sell it for full asking price on E(vil)Bay. And charge 800$ Shipping. Sweet.

11:48:00 AM

Blogger Chana said...

i love looking over flyers yr rouns and love the many more that come during the holidays season. how much fun they give me. i don't know why i enjoy them so much but i do and my kids are into them too..my son takes all electronics and the others and i go through the rest cicling, cutting and making lists, lol..

1:57:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Nemo, what are you saying? I should get a baby named Clint, and sell him on eBay? $800 for shipping a baby is probably a good price. But I'd still encourage people to add shipping insurance. After all, it IS a live baby being transported.

2:43:00 PM

Blogger stillfindingnemo said...

There are times Martini, when I've been tempted to put all or one of my children on EBay. Shipping included. And then decided they'd want a refund :p

6:45:00 PM

Blogger Rainypete said...

The hardest part about selling the kids on fleabay is getting them to sit still long enough to get a decent picture for the listing.

I applaud Disney for bring the harsh realities of the world to little girls (or wee effeminate boys) everywhere. The world has changed and even princesses have to get off their silk clad backsides and do some work once in a while.

12:52:00 PM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

I thought I was the only one that got a real laugh at the kids toys. One isle has the girls toys-kitchens, vacuums, makeup and 'my-first-street-walker-kit' Where as in the boys isle we have guns, army men, cars and breathalizers. Its just a taste of what the reality of life will be.....just like santa clause is a taste of what God will be.....he knows when u are sleeping, he knows when u are awake and he knows when u have been naughty or nice.....santa clause = god for children to young to understand that we have to be good or the powers that be will do more than put coal in your stockings......isnt coal the fuel that fires hell?

5:08:00 PM


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