Who is your favorite Disney princess? Which Disney princess are you? Quizzes, T-shirts, mugs, snow globes, bed sheets, costumes, pencil sets, icons for Facebook, it’s ridiculous!
The current official line-up is Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida. There are other Disney ladies who, while not princesses, certainly get the royal marketing treatment: Alice and Tinkerbell among them. And of course, Anna and Elsa are so popular they're in a category all their own.
But there’s a certain young lady who has, sadly, been overlooked. Wendy Darling.
Why should a little girl in a nightdress be among the nobility of Disney? I think she's one of the best female role models Disney has ever depicted. Here's why:
1. Bravery. From the very beginning of the tale, Wendy shows she’s got true grit. She’s no shrinking English violet. She catches Peter Pan’s shadow, which he can’t do himself, and then sits boy and shado…
The #MeToo campaign has dredged up a lot of memories for me. I'm working on a longer blog post that breaks down how, from early childhood, society molded my views on women and men. What was expected, what was valued, and what wasn't. And how those views informed my decisions to stay silent when men harassed and assaulted me.
It's a lot to process. And some of the people I'll write about are still in my life. This is true for many of us. We live among our abusers. We share mutual friends. We see them at parties. We laugh at their jokes. We try to forget what they did, at least as long as they're in our presence.
For now, I'm going to share this poem.
Long ago, I dated a bartender. I visited him on weekend nights. This is what I endured every. single. night.
MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE
Men of a certain age
always ask your name
before telling you how pretty you are.
They ask for it again
and again, and again.
As if your name -
the brand that has gone before you
Here's a question I ask every candidate I interview: What's the last great book you read?
Catch: It can't be a business book.
It always stumps them.
Some of them are honest: "I don't read fiction. But, I just got done reading a new book about Jeff Bezos ...."
Me: (Inward sigh)
I wish this only happened when I was talking to young recruits, new to marketing, eager to show me their dedication to learning business from the greats. But it's not. I can't even tell you how many CEOs, presidents, entrepreneurs, managers, designers, developers, and even fellow copywriters that have confessed to me that they don't read fiction.
They offer a variety of reasons why. All of which I consider bullshit.
I don't like fiction.
Bullshit. Do you watch movies? Television? Those are fiction. (Even the "reality" shows are scripted.) If you don't like reading fiction, it's because you're not reading good fiction.
Or, it's because you know…