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  1. Barbie Launches New Line Of Superhero Dolls Called… Princess Power

    Well, they're trying.

    Okay, the whole princess thing aside, this is pretty cool, right? Her tiara is a MASK.

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  2. Ready Your Broad Swords: Princess Munchkin is Coming

    Bad Stuff: No bad stuff.

    Munchkin Princesses is a fifteen card expansion to the infamous kick-down-doors-grab-all-the-items-everlastingly-ruin-your-relationship-with-your-friends card game, which adds self-reliant princesses of all genders as one of the player classes. I can easily imagine adding this pack, currently in production and not yet for sale, to my Munchkin deck: who could say no to a "Rescue Yours

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  3. Game of Thrones‘ Once and Future Myrcella Baratheon Responds to Being Recast, Wins Social Media

    Kids these days with their Vines and their murder.

    Maisie Williams is generally regarded as the Game of Thrones' cast Queen of Vine. Can Aimee Richardson be the Princess?

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  4. “Excuse Me, Princess“: The Princess Type, for Good or Ill, Part 2

    Venture again into the pretty pink minefield.

    Princesses, despite what we may think of their relevance, seem to be everywhere we look. In movies, in television, in products aimed at young girls, the trope of the princess is going as strong as ever, often as an old type wearing a new costume.

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  5. “Excuse Me, Princess“: The Princess Type, for Good or Ill, Part 1

    Venture into the pretty pink minefield with us!

    How do we create a complex woman character who can give girls a choice in who they identify with, but that Hollywood will still regularly produce? And how can we do it while encouraging the qualities of modern feminism, instead of diminishing them?

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  6. GoldieBlox Is Back with Another Adorable Commercial, Hopefully They Cleared the Song This Time

    That sure is a ridiculous-looking egg.

    GoldieBlox got into some trouble with The Beastie Boyz over one of their earlier commercials that parodied the song "Girls," but they won't let that keep them down. They're back with a new commercial showing off their engineering toys for girls, and they've brought some interesting statistics along with them.

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  7. Princess The Football-Predicting Camel Has Passed Away, We Might As Well Cancel The Super Bowl

    God needed another 2,000 pound camel angel.

    Sports fans everywhere might not realize that for the past twenty years, the success of their favorite football teams was dependent on the will and predictions of an unlikely source: a 2,000 pound camel named Princess.

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  8. Those Conical Princess Hats? Borrowed Fashion From Mongol Warrior Women

    Consider the Following

    You know, the ones that you made out of construction paper, tape, and a bit of whatever was left over from the trip to the fabric store for the princes party you were invited to when you were seven. The ones inspired by one brought back to Europe by Marco Polo, who'd borrowed it from a Mongol queen. Since Mongol dress was more or less gender neutral, the very vertical hats (sometimes five to seven feet) helped differentiate the male and female silhouette from a distance. But I don't want to give it all away; you can read more at Medieval POC.

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  9. A Princess Superhero Themed Party: You’re Doing it Right

    Pretty Pretty Princess

    Oh, hot glue. Is there anything you can't do? (via Isa Is An Isa.)

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  10. What If All Disney Princesses Were Sloths?

    Pretty Pretty Princess

    We'd have really slow moving Disney films but they'd be ten times cuter. "A Facebook conversation occurred….I needed a break from finals….and this happened," writes Phillip Light of this unique art pairing. Check out what Snow White, Belle, and (my favorite) Merida would look like as sloths. Oh and for those wondering, there's nothing in our bylaws that says we can't do more than one sloth post a day.

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  11. The Super Bowl Ad We Forgot: the One With a Warrior Princess

    Pretty Pretty Princess

    In my rush to remember all the Super Bowl ads from last night that were worth remembering, I forgot this Toyota commercial. It's got a pretty familiar plot of a genie whose wishes always have a bit of an ironic twist to them. Sort of a monkey's paw kind of thing. Except there's one particular wish in here that gets an "ironic" twist that we have entirely non-ironic positive feelings for. See if you can figure out which one it is. (via Think Progress)

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  12. Princesses Ariel and Belle Finally Have Their Own Castles At Disney

    Pretty Pretty Princess

    If you ever wondered why Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella were the only Disney Princesses to have fancy castles at Disney theme parks, you're not alone. Finally, the Walt Disney Company are attempting to play catch-up with the ladies and have granted both Ariel and Belle their own special houses. 

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  13. A Real-Life (Party) Princess Spills the Magic Beans on Princess Culture [VIDEO]

    Pretty Pretty Princess

    Princess Marty, The Party Princess from NPR on Vimeo. What does it take to be a real-life princess? "A lot of muscle," according to M. Alice LeGrow, a.k.a. Princess Marty. "You can't be a wilting flower. Have you ever walked around in a corset and a ballgown? It's hard! ...Not to mention every child wants to be picked up at least 40 times." LeGrow, who was profiled by NPR in this short video on party princesses, was a comic book artist before her publisher went out of business and she started her new career. The fact that she's someone personally involved in "princess culture" makes her take on it all the more refreshing. (via: Mental Floss) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  14. Here, Let Disney Pull on Your Heart Strings With This Ad Defining “Princess”

    It's A World of Laughter A World of Tears

    Disney has been manipulating the emotions of girls and women for so long now that the word "princess" has become nearly synonymous with their product. And I agree with Peggy Orenstein's points about it. And no, I've just got something in my eye. (via Peggy Orenstein.)

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  15. Things We Saw Today: Loki vs. Thor… on Fingernails [Nail Art How Are You So Awesome]

    Things We Saw Today

    So, Loki and Thor have a fight on the Rainbow Bridge. Then put it on nails. Your nails. Paint half of it with your non-dominant hand. /mindblown (Nerdatiousnails)

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  16. Review: Brave is About an Action Princess. Deal With It

    Review

    Like myself, and our chief editor, many readers of our site may have found themselves attaching undue importance to Disney/Pixar's Brave. While it's needless to explain that we're fans of Pixar for their general quality and content (we can politely forget about the Cars franchise), it meant something different, something special, to have a female-oriented (and female-sourced) vehicle as their next big feature. I do not believe we were alone in this. The little girl inside of me who was once Joan of Arc for Halloween (ask my mother about the grey Eileen Fisher sweater I stretched out because it 'looked like chainmaile'), who once built a sword out of PVC pipe, foam, a dead tennis ball, and duct tape, and who devoured Tamora Pierce's Lioness Quartet like a starving person, needed Brave to be so many things. That is a tremendous price to ask of any movie, especially a high-budget movie, and one from a studio that must hit so many parts of the ambiguous (and dubious) "family" demographic. So, both the over-excited tiny girl knight inside of me, and the grumbling, jaded critic that is my adult guise, are pleased to inform you that Brave is very, very good.

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  17. Stop Motion Video About a 3D Printed Princess, Looking For Love

    To herald the arrival of their new bigger, two-color 3D printer The Replicator, MakerBot released a stop motion animated film about a 3D printed princess called The Right Heart. It's even got a catchy tune, too. In the video, the princess goes looking for her missing heart, finding it in an unexpected place. It's cool because the aforementioned princess doesn't need rescuing, or someone else to (in this sense, literally) complete her, she goes out and earns what she's looking for on her own. It's a good message, and fits with the MakerBot ethos, as well -- she didn't receive what she wanted, she made it herself. But I can't help myself feeling a little sorry for those fellas with their hearts on the ground. See the video, after the break.

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  18. Ann Peacock to Rewrite Cinderella for Universal Studios

    And So It Begins

    Despite Disney's great big heavy steps away from the genre for fear of losing the little boy market, Hollywood remains convinced that the fairy tale market, even fairy tales with pretty princess protagonists, is still a ripe one. What with two competing Snow White adaptations, March's Red Riding Hood, Bryan Singer's upcoming Jack the Giant Killer, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and even some Peter Pan films going around. And now Universal is giving it's Cinderella script another pass through a new writer, in order to see if they can get the shoe to fit.

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  19. Things We Saw Today: P. Pony Ponyson (and Thor We Saw)

    Things We Saw Today

    Giving a bad name to tabloid, sensationalistic pony journalism. (At Full of Whoa)

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  20. Things We Saw Today: Portal Bookends

    Things We Saw Today

    These Portal bookends are hopefully only temporarily sold out at the Etsy site for Oberon Woodcraft. Otherwise this just makes that whole cake thing hurt even more. (At Technabob)

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