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Sesame Street and Sonia Sotomayor Explain: Princess is not a career

Finally, someone is speaking out about Princesses.  Sesame Street and Sonia Sotomayor, the US Supreme Court Justice, team up in a segment centered on Abby Cadabby.  Says Sotomayor, “Pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career.”

The rest of the episode includes rebooted footage from 2001 and 2005 about hurricane preparation and education, as Big Bird deals with the destruction of his nest.

Thank you to Sesame Street for recognizing the Princess obsession and speaking to our girls about what they can achieve.

Abby: What kind of career can a girl like me have?

Sotomayor: Well you can go to school and train to be a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer, and even a scientist.

Yes, even a scientist.  Even a Supreme Court Justice.  Perhaps someday, even President.



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  1. Carina 11/15/2012 at 11:44 pm

    What a coup to have a Supreme Court justice on Sesame Street! Sonia Sotomayor is such an inspiration–only the third woman to sit on the court in the entire history of the United States. I hope we can avoid the infantilizing princess phenomenon at our house for as long as possible.

  2. Donna 11/14/2012 at 2:29 pm

    Oh, my. Probably one reason my seven kids did not grow up with sesame street. I saw a few episodes and decided I did not need propaganda being fed to my children. Every avenue is now open to women and lauded as long as it is an outside the home career. If the muppet had said she wanted to be a mommy, she probably would have been told that does not qualify either.

    I guess it is the difference between career and mission/ life purpose. Missions and life purposes also need preparation and can be accompanied with benefits, and even material rewards. Careers, though prepared for are not life time guaranteed. As those who graduated and cannot get a job in their field. Ask others who trained and worked half their adult life in a field and the Pres. is shutting down their industry.

    What about princesses? Do they prepare? More than you realize, especially those in line for the throne. Do they spend their lives working and doing work that goes along with being a princess? or do they lay around, paint their nails, and be fanned? Real life princesses have lots of work to do and responsibilities to fulfill.

    The real issue is the attacking of the what feminists call the “princess cult.” We can take advantage our daughters’ interest and use it to their benefit, or we can dismiss it as detrimental. I choose to focus on the great responsibility, education, and training needed to become all they can become. You see, a princess never knew if she would become a future queen and if so, quite likely out live their spouse. Queen Victoria, England’s longest reigning monarch had a rigorous education. She worked as hard as any CEO, Judge, or President!

    Then there are those who choose a profession rather than a career, and yet others who choose to be self employed. Some self employed take a path such as doctor, lawyer, massage therapist, or hair designer. These all require different amounts of training but can be done solo. Others are like the trappers and the miners. What is the greatest need and fill it. So what they are doing year to year may change drastically.

    Oh, that’s right in todays’ economic playing field even those with college degrees will find themselves having to change their careers several times in their life time which is true for many in the professions as well.

    So, the Sesame Street clip was really narrowly focused and one sided. Having raised four sons and three daughters, I think it is silly to mock our children’s make-believe. Their imaginative play is where they develop initiative and executive function.

    • La Yen 11/16/2012 at 5:50 am

      Yeah, I got none of this from the clip. What I got was an incredible definition of the word “career.” Which was spot on. And a gentle correction that being a princess is not a career that our girls can aspire to in this day and age. (But that pretending is very, very fun to do.)

    • Caseye 11/19/2012 at 12:50 pm

      Your comment is well thought-out, well written, and RIGHT ON!!!!