Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has a message for all the wannabe female royalty out there: sorry, that's not a valid career choice.
Sotomayor made an appearance on "Sesame Street" the other day to warn what TIME describes
as the "pink, perky, uber-feminine" puppet "Abby" that being a princess is not an occupational choice with any real prospects. "Pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career," says Sotomayor to the incorrigibly upbeat Abby, who asks the judge what, exactly, she can
do for a living, if looking spectacular all the time is out of the question. "Well," she replies, "you can train to be a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer, and even a scientist."
Sotomayor's appearance is getting a lot of play, quite literally, within the "femosphere," which includes sites like Jezebel
, The Jane Dough
and The Mary Sue
(but not, we presume, The Kate Middleton
A commenter at Democratic Underground takes issue
with the idea that being a princess is not a legitimate livelihood: "I know there are a number of successful princesses in Palm Beach. But like singers and basketball stars, it's very competitive. Good to have a back-up plan."