Three literary character groups that seem to show up in these threads, whether mentioned directly or not. I thought it might be interesting to flesh out these characters - often a big part of childhood - to see if they have a needed role to play in today's society.
Princesses - I see "Princess" on clothes, from onesies for infants to shirts/sweats for full grown women. Yet, I do not see anything positive about the reference. Female characters that are judged by their look, and live with a sense of entitlement bestowed on them for who./what they are and not for anything they have accomplished. I see it reincarnated today as the celebrity who is famous for being a celebrity. And at the same time, it seems the idea of princess is thrown at little girls. There is an element to the princess that requires that the women needs to be saved by the...
White Knights - chivalrous men who come to the aid of princesses. Although supposedly good role models for young men, it rely on the helpless and needy female (princess) and assumes that the knights opinion of what is best is the only suitable solution. Guys are taught to fix things, and when in combination with princesses, that women need to be saved.
Then there are superheros, which seem to be very popular today. Are these the new white knights or something different? From what I can tell, and I am no expert by any means, superheros are always distant from others, those who are weaker and blind to the danger around them. Does that promote the need to save, as does the white knight? Does that promote the viewing of commoners as weak sheeple?