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Intriguing Ads Tell Young Girls: 'You're Not a Princess' and 'Life's Not a Fairytale' Feminism from an unlikely source

I am impressed. A tiny, all-female Catholic college-prep academy in Kentucky has created a curious ad campaign, via agency Doe-Anderson, that flies in the face of all my assumptions regarding Catholic education. The deeply feminist campaign tells young women, "You're not a princess" and "Life's not a fairytale," and advises them: "Don't wait for a prince." The tagline is: "Prepare for real life."

Let me explain why this is so cool. Is this a new message? No, it's many decades old. Is it a common message? Sadly, also no. This type of talk is not only still new to a lot of people, it's particularly timely as the Disney-princess empire continues to expand by dainty leaps and fierce bounds. What's most remarkable is that a Catholic preparatory school is taking a view of women's education that doesn't end in a prince. Lord have mercy, but Mercy Academy has a progressive view on women's role in the world.

This, and those troublemaking U.S. nuns "tinged with feminist influences"? Damn, U.S. Catholicism, you're gettin' a serious brand update. More Mercy ads below.

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