Several weeks later, I got an email with the date that the post would be published. I re-read it and thought, "Hm, not one of my finer moments, and there it is in print." I read it and thought, "Hm, maybe I could instead re-submit something more neutral, containing more facts and information."
So, I wrote a separate piece, all about advertising to kids and how it impacts families, and sent it on, asking, "Mind if I switch?"
The lovely editor, who was named Ariel, replied to the effect of: I've read both pieces and I think the first post is better written, and geared more toward an audience who don't have a lot of time. But, whichever you are comfortable with.
So I stuck with the first, and it ran, and of the 70 or so comments, these were some snippets:
Why are we blaming a company for something we as parents need to be responsible for. Disney is a company and they don't need to have feelings nor is it their responsibility to watch out for my child's well being. --Michelle
I feel like most parents are so disillusioned and dissatisfied with their lives, that once they have children, they try and make little mini-Me's...only better. --Nyle
Parents have complete control over the degree to which a movie takes over a child's life. -- Lisa
Please let your girls be girls! There is nothing wrong with being a princess. First Daddy's princess, then hubby's princess. --JoAnn
Let's try to keep this in perspective and not create problems where none exist. There are too many other real issues out there! --Amy
I am so sick of people telling us we are doing everything wrong as parents. --Julie
Everything in moderation is the key. In this article Mary, you sound insulting and come across as one of those "I'm a better parent than you" sort of person....And to tell you the truth if a vegen came in my house I would make sure there is something there, but I sure wouldn't feel bad and still have no problem eating my big juicy steak in front of them. --KellyFinally,
It is un-American to hate disney and all the marketing that goes with it. If you dont want to be a consumer on any level move somewhere else and take her self-righteous attitude with you. --KimThere was a lot of great feedback in there as well, some supportive, some mixed, some questioning my deeper issues, and even some resources that people included.
My hesitancy to let the piece run, I think, was that in looking at it months after the fact, that instance felt rather far away, so old, and not where I was, and not where I am now.
At the time, that was how I felt: a little overwhelmed. And I felt that it mattered enough to talk about, and to write about.
Have you ever been frustrated about something, and someone tells you, "Don't worry about it! Relax."
How did that work out for you?
I prefer to say, I was in a mood of critiquing circumstances.
Mainly ours, but perhaps some of that spilled over.
I think the reason a lot of my early documenting of these things feels far away, or not as relevant, is because I have spoken to others about them, and written about them.
Not because I've pretended to relax because someone else suggests I should be focusing on Water for Sudan. You can care about more than one thing. And you can care as much as you need to.
I can't end this one without referring to the unAmerican claim. I've seen this exact statement, specifically for anyone who critiques Disney, in different articles, about 6 times now.
Anti-Disney = unAmerican.
Just curious, but if you are from New Zealand or England or Brazil or Canada, what are some things that might get you called unEnglish? UnBrazilian? I don't even know how to write unNew Zealandin. New Zealandish?
I want to know specifically who started the word, unAmerican.
And also, who connected it with an act of critiquing something.
Because quite frankly, I am so sick of people telling us we do everything wrong as parents.
And now, I must go and let my girl be a girl.
First a daddy's princess, then a hubby's princess.