Dr. Rebecca Hains

This week, New York and Slate published pieces asking why so many moms have a problem with pink and with princesses.

« What’s the problem with pink, anyway? » griped Yael Kohen in New York. Then, building upon Kohen’s piece, Slate senior editor Allison Benedikt demanded: « What is it with you moms of girls? I have never met a single one of you who isn’t tortured about pink and princesses. » Her annoyance is palpable.

Both writers proceed to defend all things pink and princess. « We treat pink — and the girls who like it — with […] condescension, » Kohen states, while Benedikt adds, « Moms of daughters need to chill out. »

Oh… really? Let’s take a step back, please. I am the author of a forthcoming book called The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls Through the Princess-Obsessed Years, and Kohen and Benedikt’s arguments are wrong on several levels. By pontificating on the subject without actually talking to the moms they’re criticizing, they’ve missed the…

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