My princess series springs from the idea of the perfect woman, and the way women are portrayed as role models in today's society. The princess is beautiful and quiet and submissive. She takes what punishment she is given because she knows she deserves it. She is waiting for her prince to find her. She can't walk, she can't speak, and people look up to her because they feel bad for her, and they admire her self-restraint. She is always sorry, and she is always beautiful.
The idea that women should be clean and small and mutable really speaks to me of the power they must have. Women are fleshy, walking, talking, human-making machines, and all things fertile are also dirty, bloody, and open. There is no privacy in womanhood, and that idea is not always an easy thing to deal with.