— Carl Sagan (The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark)
This one post reminded me of how when I was a kid, when I was playing Mario Kart 64 alone, I’d select Princess Peach and I’d do different tracks in a certain order, all while pretending that Peach was escaping on her own from Bowser’s Castle.
I’d do the Bowser’s Castle track to “break out,” then I’d go to Banshee Boardwalk because such a spooky place surely would be right outside Bowser’s place, then I’d go through Rainbow Road to get back to “earth,” and from there I’d go through the desert and the valley and the ice and the jungle and all of that until finally I was on the track around Peach’s castle, because that meant I “made it home.”
Ha, I don’t know why I wanted to mention it. Just another example that when little girls play pretend, they make their female characters a lot more proactive than we realize even when the media tells them not to (which is very damaging and horrid). But before little girls are aware of that stuff, I think their default setting is to be proactive, and if they’re surrounded by good media, that can be nurtured and encouraged. Even when we were playing house and school and tea parties, we were still always in charge. Doesn’t matter if you’re the princess who bakes cakes or rescues herself so much as if you’re in charge of your own destiny. I don’t know. <3
I guess what’s most interesting about this scenario is that I was only about eight to ten years old, I wasn’t doing it out of spite or any conscious reason to do with female empowerment. It was just an adventure that made me feel good. I was Peach and it was cool to bust myself out even when I had no real problem with her needing to be rescued on other occasions. But so long as I was Princess Peach, I wanted to take the wheel.
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