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Point-Counter-Point: Is a Royal-Wedding-Watch Fun or Harmful to Little Girls?

Written by Patrick Malone and Martha Kempner for - News, commentary and community for reproductive health and justice.

A point-counterpoint discussion between Patrick Malone of SIECUS and Martha Kempner, RH Reality Check.

Patrick's Point: You Can Control Your Daughter's Pretty Princess Exposure

In case you have been living under a rock on Mars and haven’t heard, the royal wedding is upon us and, with it, one of the largest media circuses to surround a non-event in a generation.  The last royal wedding, which took place 30 years ago, resulted in divorce, heartbreak, controversy, and more TV movies than you can shake a stick at.  But, come hell or high water, the American public is committed once again to following every detail of the upcoming nuptials, despite the fact that opposition to monarchical rule, specifically rule by thismonarchy, is one of the founding ideals of our nation.

Fine.  Whatever.  There are a lot stupider things that people watch on television, and adults are allowed to pitter away their time on such frivolities as the Kardashian sisters, giant inedible cakes, or even this wedding.  Adults are going to do what adults are going to do.  But, I ask you this, Martha: are you really going to watch this with your four-year-old daughter? 

Martha's Counter-Point:  A Little Princess-time With Mommy Can't Hurt

What can I say Patrick, you’re right.  The media frenzy around this wedding is ridiculous.  It absolutely perpetuates every stereotype that I have tried to keep away from Charlie and may usher in a princess phase that is far worse than the Disney-mandated one that she seems finally to be growing out of.  And yet, not only am I going to watch it with her, I’m keeping her home from school and making a special day of it.  (Nobody yell, it’s preschool, also known as daycare, she won’t be missing any SAT prep.) 

Here’s the thing; I think it’s going to be fun.

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