The Messed-Up Lessons We're Surrounded By As Girls

November 20, 2014 5:39 PM

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When I was a little girl, I loved Snow White. I loved how she talked to the dwarfs and sang with the birds, and I decided I wanted to be exactly like her. My relatives gave me Snow White music boxes and Snow White movies, Snow White soundtracks and Snow White dresses. I was positively thrilled. I thought, her skin is so soft, her hair so black, her lips so red -- if only I had added aaaand that's all media portrayal to that chain. But hey, I was 6. Sue me.

And so I lived the first few years of my life in awe of that princess, trying to emulate her grace and her elegance, and trying to convince myself I was as beautiful as she. But alas, when I compared my tan skin to her, well, snow white skin, realized that my singing did not bring animals to me and ...

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