Just a Little Princess

Topics: MTV, Ellen DeGeneres, Disney Princess Pages: 2 (581 words) Published: December 6, 2010
The articles “Just a Little Princess” by Peggy Orenstein and “Return of the Brainless Hussies” by Rebecca Traister are about as “bra-burning” as they get. Both women are feminist and aren’t afraid to show it. While Orenstein discusses the “princess” fad that is consuming the younger girls of America and why the fad an abomination, Traister explains the phenomena of stupidity that has swept America’s Pop Icons such as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Jessica Simpson. “Brainless Hussies” is more convincing than “Little Princess” because, of its straight forward organization, it is , and its complex, yet intriguing, vocabulary. The organization of “Brainless Hussies” is very straight forward and easy to follow. “Brainless Hussies” starts out with a report of Paris Hilton being a guest on the T.V. talk show, Ellen DeGeneres. The report is followed by Traister’s opinion, “Listening to Hilton try to have a conversation, the wind whistling between her eardrums, makes it hard to ignore claims of cultural critics who have noticed an alarming new vogue for feminine vapidity” (257). The report is then followed by Traisters own investigation into why “playing dumb seems a sure way to get embraced by the American public” (258). Traisters shares her immersion into girl pop culture “waiting to see if I’d be overtaken with the urge to don giant sunglasses and pretend not to understand math” (258). Traister goes on to support every aspect of her investigation with excerpts from her experiences in MySpace land, Seven-Teen magazine, and T.V. shows such as My Super Sweet Sixteen and Tiara Girls. While the organization in “Brainless Hussies” is easy to follow, that is not the case in “Princess”. The article “Princess” starts out with the Orenstein lashing out at a dentist for asking if Orenstein’s daughter wants to, “sit in her special princess throne” (90). Orenstein then points out that Disney Princess items is “not only the fastest growing brand the company has ever created; they...
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