I feel like the term "princess" has so many negative associations that go along with it (like being spoiled and rich) that identifying as one just gives people the wrong idea (not that I think that's great by any means). There shouldn't be anything wrong with being a princess but the society's idea of what princess means has always made me hate the word. (I used to hate playing princess because I thought it meant that I couldn't slay a dragon. Now I know better :D)
I do have to wonder if that’s part of it; the way ‘princess’ is used in a derogatory way nowadays does indeed make me sad. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a princess, whatever kind of princess you want to be. A fluffy pink princess or an elegant purple princess or a mafia princess or a warrior princess or whatever!
I meant more on a specific level, I myself (this is going to sound so odd) love princesses and sometimes identify with certain princess characters, but I’ve never identified as a princess specifically?? (Despite my I AM PRINCESS OF THE MOON tag.) Like, I’m a peasant girl at heart, not a princess, I guess.
(This gif is actually not appropriate to the reply here, but it’s Marilyn in a tiara! Yay!)
I do ascribe to the idea that all girls are princesses, though, so I don’t know. It’s like, all girls are princesses EXCEPT ME I’M A PEASANT GIRL LET ME DO YOUR LAUNDRY OR SOMETHING.