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Story About A Princess Essay

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The princess' sacrifices seem to be exaggerated examples of things a lot of girls do to get a guy to like them. Although they might not feign an injury and not walk for months, I have tall friends who avoid wearing heels so they don't tower over guys. I also know many tall women who refuse to date anyone shorter than them because, “it just wouldn't be right.” Height is usually associated with power, dominance, and prestige. So it follows that if a woman is taller than a man, she can be seen as being greater than him. When the princess towered over the prince, he ran away because he didn't want to be with someone who could be seen as more powerful and greater than himself. Standing next to ...view middle of the document...

” Women can't say intelligent and clever things, otherwise it competes with the intelligent and clever things men say. Women shouldn't dare take up valuable conversation time when it clearly belongs to men. The princess should have been content with listening to the prince “describing his chivalrous exploits,” without interrupting with a “subtle and clever” comment of her own. These notions go along with the idea that just like with height, women are or should be subordinate to men. The idea that “women should be seen and not heard” is a vehicle of oppression. It says that woman's opinions, their beliefs, their stories, and their witty remarks should not be heard. When the princess sacrificed speaking or when my friend gave up intelligent conversation, they were giving up a part of themselves to fit in this “women should not be heard” narrative.
The last thing the prince wanted the princess to give up was her dog. The dog was a long-time companion and friend to her. This would be like...

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