In this day and age, it is hard to find a suitable role model for young g*rls to look up to. I figured I couldn’t go wrong with Strawberry Shortcake, right? A wholesome, pink, idealistic l*ttle g*rl, who frolics in Strawberryland with her sweet-smelling friends.
Well, this is the conversation we had on the way to school yesterday, while watching “Strawberry Shortcake’s World Of Friends”:
Princess: Strawberry Shortcake doesn’t have a mom.
HipChick: She doesn’t have a dad either.
Me: She does have a mom and dad, but we just don’t see them in the movie.
Princess: But why can she just go everywhere she wants by herself? She doesn’t even tell them where she’s going!
Me: I don’t know, it’s just a movie.
HipChick: Maybe she’s old enough to stay by herself, and she can babysit her little sister.
Me: Yes, that must be it!
HipChick (with her best sarcastic voice): Well, anyway… if she goes on a trip around the world, and she does have parents, she should go with them, not just her baby sister, a cat and a dog!”
Me: So, regardless of what Strawberry Shortcake does, you will always tell your mom and dad where you’re going, right?
Together(in a sing-song voice): Right, mom!
PS. Don’t get me started on Strawberry Shortcake’s lack of family details. Maybe she has a mom and dad. Maybe her parents are divorced and have joint custody. Maybe she has two moms…or two dads. Maybe she’s an orphan. Maybe she’s trying to make it as a struggling preschool actress and model in Hollywood, and she’ll do well for a while until she starts partying too much, does 5 stints in rehab, and ends up on “Dancing with the Stars”, or “Celebrity Big Brother”!!!!!
Maybe we should stick with Dora, at least she has some authority figures, a Mom, a Dad, and a Grandmother. Never mind that she, too, goes on wild adventures without telling them!
Oy! Some days, I just can’t take the pressure of raising girls!