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princesses part deux

Remember all those princes I was considering marrying? You know, because they were all totally into me and stuff?

Apparently people don't say very nice things about you when you're a princess.

All Snow White wanted was to have a healthy snack, y'all. Gluttony?

In truth, this series from deviantART is gorgeous. Clicking on the picture will take you to images of all seven deadly sins, and somewhere in there is a link to a companion set that illustrates the seven virtues (which I actually didn't know was a thing - thank you, pop culture and Brad Pitt, for making me aware of the bad ones and failing to mention the whole other side).

Also worth checking out is Dina Goldstein's Fallen Princesses project. They're pictures of life after the happily ever after - Belle gets plastic surgery, Snow White has ten kids and a slacker prince of a husband, and Jasmine is decked out for battle in a Middle Eastern field.

We use princesses the same way we use superheros - as foils for our daily concerns but on a much grander level. For a normal person, Gluttony means too many pieces of pie or bottles of wine, leading to some extra pounds or a tired liver. For a certain well known princess, Gluttony means one bite from an apple and a semi-permanent coma.

It must be hard to be a real princess. That's a lot of responsibility to take on. Superheros can handle the weight of our expectations, what with not actually existing and all. Princesses - not so much.

All those princes that are wooing me are going to be disappointed - but I don't think it's a job I would want.

ETA: The brilliant Awlbiste pointed out in comments below that there is a definite air of something like misogyny in the first pictures, and that referring to the princesses as 'fallen' is quite judgmental.

I absolutely see what she's getting at. Perhaps it has something to do with the expectations society has of women - the be good/stay pretty/eat lightly/act sweetly bar that women are held to. If you read the descriptions for each sin, the ones that explain why that particular woman was chosen to represent that sin, they're likely not things that would be considered sins if they'd been committed by men. For example, Ariel was chosen to represent Greed because she wasn't happy under the sea with just her family and friends. In a man, would that read as ambition? Why would he want to stay home? He's got things to do! Places to be! Money to earn! She must be greedy, though.



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