Can princesses be hairy? Can princesses be male? Is being a princess a state of mind?
No matter how much your young daughter may believe the last one, the answer is sadly still no. On the other two counts, I suppose 1) it depends on shaving habits in the kingdom we’re talking about here, and 2) not so much.
There’s a pretty good chance you think the same way, I would wager. And, according to Disney, you’re dead wrong.
Yes, the House of Mouse has jumped aboard the PC gravy train with a male “princess” of sorts, all on a kids’ show that’s already featured a same-sex kiss.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the plotline was featured in a recent episode of “Star vs. The Forces of Evil,” which airs on Disney XD.
In the episode, a character named Marco Diaz has disguised himself as a princess in order to save the denizens of St. Olga’s Reform School for Wayward Princesses from its headmistress, the evil Ms. Heinous.
This being a cable channel aimed at pre-teens, the transgender “princess” is named “Turdina.” In the episode, Turdina is about to out himself to the other princesses as being male when Ms. Heinous barges in and produces evidence — chest hair — that Turdina really isn’t a princess.
However, the other princesses disagree.
“That doesn’t prove anything. Princesses can be hairy,” a princess can be heard shouting.
“Why does it matter if he’s a boy? Nothing he said was wrong,” says another.
“Yeah, we believe in you, Turdina,” another chimes in.
“Turdina is a state of mind!”
“He can be a princess if he wants to!”
I suppose we shouldn’t give too much credence to the opinions of princesses who couldn’t figure out that someone named “Turdina” wasn’t on the level; it sounds like the kind of prank call sobriquet that couldn’t even get through the screeners at C-SPAN.
However, according to a report from the HuffPo’s Queer Voices section, Turdina is exactly what our world needs right now.
“It’s a beautiful moment and one that could be incredibly influential for kids who are soaking up social cues about what it means to be a boy or a girl — or any gender in between — and what supposedly is or isn’t possible because of how they identify,” the article, written by Noah Michelson, says.
There are several things to consider here, first among them the chortle I had to suppress when talking about a “beautiful moment” involving a character named “Turdina.”
The problem when we talk about “gender” in most of the Western world is that we’ve really substituted the social concept of “gender roles” for biological concept of gender.
If Turdina thinks that his life is more fulfilled as a princess, more power to him. I wish him the best of luck and I certainly don’t wish to either disparage him or make life more difficult for him, cartoon character though he may be. However, no matter whether he has taken on a gender role that is socially female, he is still biologically male. No amount of hormones, gender reassignment surgery or sensitivity training for those around him will rid Turdina of his Y chromosome.
There’s scant time here to get into gender dysphoria syndrome or the lack of scientific evidence that gender transitioning actually has any psychological benefits for those who undergo it. However, I will personally say that I strive to treat each person as a human being, with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Even if their name is Turdina.
That being said, I’m not going to call a man a woman or a woman a man based on the suggestion of anything except hard science, of which incredibly little exists at the moment. Yet, plenty buy into this psychosis and insist others do, as well.
Disney, alas, has not changed my mind. The problem is that this is being peddled to youngsters, who don’t understand the social implications of what’s being shown or what’s being pitched to them. It’s little more than propaganda, analogous to the kind of ridiculous anti-drug cartoons that used to air on Saturday mornings during the 1980s and 1990s.
The only difference is: at least we could prove the drug problem existed.
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