The Princess Bible Oct 13, 2010 4:38:36 GMT -5
Post by Erica Chan on Oct 13, 2010 4:38:36 GMT -5
The Princess Bible
The amazing Lanley recently brought my attention to a new release book called 'The Princess Bible'. The Amazon page describes it thusly:
"My Princess Bible shares stories of 19 women of the Bible through a rhyming story and a short takeaway summary in prose. Each story ends with two lines that remind the reader of valuable character traits of a princess; the little princesses are even encouraged to recite the learning of the biblical princess using her name in the blank instead: “________ is God’s special princess; ________ is sad when she does something bad” (the takeaway from the story of Eve). This format helps children see biblical women as princesses who teach us about godly principles. It also helps reinforce that the little girl reader is special and seen as a princess because she is created by God. The final story (number 20) is taken from Psalm 139 and features the reader as the godly princess. It reminds the reader that princesses are daughters of the King and are loved by God. Little girls will love to read My Princess Bible over and over to learn about God’s princesses.”
Now it's interesting, because there are two opposing sides to it of course - hey, we get some pretty cool heroines being shown to girls (there are some kickass girls in the Bible!) versus the fact that these heroines have likely been stripped of most of their strength and 'princessified'.
As Maria on The Hathor Legacy blogged:
"Not only is this sexist but it doesn’t even make sense — Ruth wasn’t a princess, Esther wasn’t born into royalty, etc etc. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any royal female in the Bible (besides Bathsheba and that chick who accused Joseph of raping her — Potipher’s wife, maybe?). I can think of several strong leaders, though — Debra, Jael, Mary Magdalene, Mary and Martha, Sarai/Sarah… none of them were “princess-y” in the way these books are talking about. Hell, Judith seduced a man for her city’s freedom. Then chopped off his head! :-/That’s got to be worse, socially, than picking your nose. Plus, sometimes? There’s stuff up there that needs to be freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed!
Back in MY day, when we used Biblical women as icons for femininity, we talked about their brains, loyalty, and humbleness. I remember this clearly because I had an Esther doll, and she specifically did NOT come with a crown."
So yes... what do you all think of this? And princesses?