Kids need better princess role models, and lots of them, in stories that they can read and re-read as they get older. Enter +Princess Charming! +Josh Roby and Anna Kreidner have the whole series planned out — each princess’s story is planned for a picture book, a bedtime book, and an early reader book.
+Princess Charming is trying to build an enduring legacy of stories featuring princesses of color, princesses of different sizes, princesses who use swords and princesses who use words. Go back them right now at princesscharmingbooks.com .
Been wanting to doodle Peggy Cap ever since that text post a few days ago. I MAY prefer this to Steve haha. She’s SUCH a competent agent to start with and give her super soldier abilities and holy crap.
Finally, a man writes about the problem with misogyny in comics. Andy Khouri’s post is spot on, y’all. Read it. It’s long but worth it.
This isn’t their problem, guys. It’s ours. We have to solve it.
Sexual harassment isn’t an occupational hazard. It’s not a glitch in the complex matrix of modern life. It’s not something that just “happens.” It’s something men do. It’s a choice men make. It’s a problem men enable. It’s sometimes a crime men commit. And it is not in the power nor the responsibility of women to wage war on this crime.
A long but interesting read - and it makes the case that playing sports is crucial for women.
"Compared with men, women don’t consider themselves as ready for promotions, they predict they’ll do worse on tests, and they generally underestimate their abilities. This disparity stems from factors ranging from upbringing to biology. A growing body of evidence shows just how devastating this lack of confidence can be. Success, it turns out, correlates just as closely with confidence as it does with competence. No wonder that women, despite all our progress, are still woefully underrepresented at the highest levels. All of that is the bad news. The good news is that with work, confidence can be acquired. Which means that the confidence gap, in turn, can be closed."
Astronaut Karen Nyberg poses for a photograph with an enthusiastic NASA Social attendee following a presentation about her time living, working, and conducting research on the International Space Station. The NASA Social was held on Monday, March 24, 2014 at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Nyberg served as a flight engineer aboard the space station during Expeditions 36 and 37, from May to November 2013. In addition to her time on the orbiting outpost, Nyberg also flew aboard space shuttle Discovery during its STS-124 mission in 2008.
I haven’t mentioned +Princess Charming yet this week. Y’all… I am IN LOVE with this project.
Seriously… check it out.
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We are in the home stretch now. The Princess Charming kickstarter has just thirteen days left. In those thirteen days, we’ll continue to gather support from generous backers and resharing supporters. We’ve unlocked Princess Kadri Charming, but there’s a whole lot more we’d like to do.
Our most immediate goal is unlocking Princess Fayola. I was off the grid for the weekend, and when I got back online I found that we’d leapt forward to 23% of Fayola’s threshold. That’s fantastic, and it makes me believe that we can make it the rest of the way in the time we’ve got left — and maybe more, to Princess Rowan and beyond!
If you’d like to help us get there, please help spread the word. A tweet, a Facebook post, a forwarded email — every time somebody says something about this project, our chances of making more of these fantastic books rises. Not to put too fine a point on it, but can you be that somebody today?
In the Media
Princess Charming got a mention by GLAAD on Friday, which was a welcome signal boost and vote of confidence in the project. They said of the project: “the project not only resists cultural constrictions around race and gender roles for women and girls, but recasts women and girls as the narrator of their own stories. Among them is Fayola, a clever princess who falls in love with a queen, and who also happens to be a transgender woman of color.”
GLAAD is actually our third appearance in wider media — Princess Charming has also scored a mention at The Mary Sue and a shout-out by Intellichick. We’d like to thank everybody who’s helped us reach a wider audience, whether you’re a media outlet with name recognition or a single supporter with a twitter account. Every little bit helps!
You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.