Justice Sotomayor gives Sesame Street some career advice

Crushing the dreams of countless little girls (and boys) around America, Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke the news to the viewers of Sesame Street that being a princess is not a career. Sorry, kids, the truth hurts sometimes. She suggests Abby become a teacher, lawyer, doctor, engineer, or scientist instead. “A career is something that you train for and prepare for and plan on doing for a long time.”

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/velderia/ Velderia

    “She suggests Abby become a teacher, lawyer, doctor, engineer, or scientist instead.”

    Ah, never become an artist, that’s a really terrible idea.

    Cute though.

  • http://feministing.com/members/jennrp/ Jenn

    I really want to like this, but what message does it send to all of the children who’s parents don’t have “careers that matter” like the ones listed? Or who’s parents work hard, went to school and state and federal budgets cuts have left their parents unemployed (like my dad who’s an engineer..). It’s imperative for young people, especially girls, to know that they can become judges, doctors, and scientists. But how can it be rephrased to eliminate the unstated idea that only those careers matter? What about the children who ask their parents what their careers are and are met with questions about its importance and whether or not they went to school? I feel like they forgot that education is a privilege in the US as opposed to the dream of it being a basic human right. Yes, this might embed the truth that you have the potential to become anything you want to be, but how many other negative messages does it also embed? I watched it multiple time. I feel icky.

  • http://feministing.com/members/danipettas/ Dani Pettas

    Awesome. This is pretty well done.

    I agree that the artist/be creative thing is missing.

  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    Hey, I am an artist (as are a number of people who work on that show), there are a lot of careers they missed, that would probably take the entire Sesame Street program to run through, and they’d still be missing some. I think with the degree that so-called “princess culture” is marketed to girls, and even that isn’t realistic since it’s something one is born into, the important thing was to teach that a) princess isn’t a career and b) there are other things girls can think about becoming.

    It would be kind of neat I think if they maybe had a weekly segment of Abby Cadabby, and Zoe and Rosita, are they still around?—learning about a different kind of career each time.

  • http://feministing.com/members/jillian/ jillian

    i think the point was to mention (and give credience to) non-traditionally-female career paths. abby asks “so what kind of careers can a girl like me have?” you’ll notice teacher, chef/cook, fashion designer, etc. are also not mentioned. i think the point was to break out of the “dont ask me, im just a girl/math is hard” mindset. children deeply entrenched in princess-culture may not even see scientist as a career option.