After all the hullabaloo surrounding the "Fat Princess" posts, it's nice to see a little change in the trope. I ran across this shirt while innocently avoiding work for a few minutes. It turns the current princess phenomenon on its head with a dearth of pink and declaration of independence. I think the description on the website says most of what needs to be said:
[Shirt reads: "Self-Rescuing Princess"]
Thank You, Mario, But Our Princess Rescued HerselfWe all need to be reminded of our inner Buffy, et al, every once in a while, and this might be the perfect way to do so.
There are lots of stories about heroic knights rescuing princesses. In fact, some of our favorite epics follow that same trope: Star Wars, Zelda, The Princess Bride.... But sometimes you've got to mix it up a little. You don't feel like sitting around playing the damsel in distress, patiently waiting for some Y chromosome to come to your aid. In fact, you might have to rescue some poor, wayward princes on your quest, which is okay. As long as they don't get in the way.
If you're reading this page, we're betting that you are that superheroine. But if you're not, we know you have one in your life. Your own personal Buffy, Lara Croft, Zoe, the wielder of The Witchblade, Xena, Kim Possible, Leela, Agent 355, Ripley, Wonder Woman, or (our favorite rolemodel for little girls) Elizabeth from The Paper Bag Princess. We could go on, but you get the idea. To paraphrase, geek girls kick butt and chew bubble gum, and we're all out of gum.