There’s a Ted Talk by Christopher Bell that’s really stayed with me. He talks with enormous pride and passion about his daughter, an athletic comic book fan, and their combined disappointment in the lack of superhero merchandise ‘for girls.’
“Since 1937 Disney has made most of its money selling Princesses to girls. Unless, of course, the Princess your daughter is interested in is Princess Leia. In 2012 Disney purchased Lucasfilm for four billion dollars, and immediately they flooded the Disney stores with Han Solo, Obi Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Yoda, and not Princess Leia. Why? Because this Princess messes up the public pedagogy for these (Disney) Princesses.”
Watch the Ted Talk here. And please note a trigger warning, as it includes an upsetting story about bullying.