We are about to have a baby. The name we are favoring turns out to be the same as the next Disney princess. What should a good feminist mom do?
We have a baby girl due on December 4th and for a long time we have been kicking around the name Sofia. I know it's popular, but it isn't so much in our area and we just really like the sound of it. My husband is also very picky about names and this is the one name he's fallen in love with.
I'm the kind of mom who, when she received a bunch of hand-me-down clothes, went through and weeded out anything with princesses, crowns or ballet slippers on it. The nursery will be bright colors with a minimum of pink. Walking down the girls' toy aisle at ToysRUs makes me nauseated.
So you can kind of imagine how I felt when I saw this:
Disney set to unveil first Latina princess, Sofia
I'm wondering - will I very much regret naming my daughter Sofia if this new princess becomes the new hot thing? Will
she become the new hot thing? Will girls everywhere be obsessed with Sofia? What kind of consequences could my daughter face? Will it make it that much harder to raise a girl who aspires to be a doctor or writer or politician and not a princess?
I understand that I cannot control my daughter and her desires, but I want to give her a fair shot without burdening her with the name of a Disney princess. Your advice would be appreciated! Thank you!