Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"Boys can wear glasses but girls can't"

Despite the fact that I wear glasses and have since I was in the 3rd or 4th grade - I didn't want my baby girl to wear glasses. It makes me realize how much of a double standard I hold, but also society does about glasses.

My son has glasses. He looks adorable in them, and when he got them I was very excited for him. My concerns ranged in the areas of making sure he didn't lose them or break them - both of which he has done but we've replaced them and have many spares. We've also become big fans of the the flex-on titanium frames. .

So, how come it is that when my daughter needed glasses I was so upset? Why is it that when boys wear glasses they are "smart" looking but its not the same for girls. When I told my daughter she needed glasses she said "princesses don't wear glasses". Why not?

I googled "princesses in glasses" and guess where I landed time and again. More blogs of moms of princesses upset about glasses. Its good to know that I'm not alone but it screams that these kids need a role model - a princess in glasses - one of the Disney variety would be super.

An Open Letter to Disney
Princesses DON'T wear glasses
Princesses don't wear glasses
I can't be a princess

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I can so relate to this! I've worn glasses since I was 8. I'm a librarian for goodness sake - I love my glasses and I love picking out new frames for myself. But I was so upset to think about Zoe getting glasses.

    Your daughter's comment about "princesses don't wear glasses" is heartbreaking, and how telling that you found so many other blogs of parents with girls upset by the glasses. I'm with you - we need more role models for girls with glasses - one where they don't do a makeover to make her beautiful and take off her glasses!

    Great new blog!