Don’t Treat Me Like A Princess, Because I Don’t Need To Be Saved

Don’t Treat Me Like A Princess, Because I Don’t Need To Be Saved ©iStock/dangrytksu

I don’t want to be treated like a princess pulled from a fairy tale. I don’t need someone to retrieve me from my castle because I’m not a damsel in distress, and I don’t need to be saved.

  1. There’s nothing to rescue me from. Being alone isn’t a punishment. If I decide to date, it’s because I’ve found someone that I truly love and can’t imagine being without. It’s not because I’m dying to escape the misery that is single life.
  2. I’m not a typical lady. Even if you rode in on a white horse carrying a bouquet of flowers, I wouldn’t be impressed. That’s not my version of romance. I’d rather have you come home with Dunkin’ Donuts and screw me up against the wall.
  3. I’m my own hero. I can take care of myself. I can cook my own food and I can write my own checks. If I’m ever in any trouble, I’m going to do all I can to save myself before I ask you for a helping hand.
  4. My head’s not that big. I’m not a princess. I won’t even go as far as saying that I’m “not like other girls.” I’m exactly like others girls, and that should be enough for you, because it’s more than enough for me.
  5. I’ll only date my equal. I don’t want you to look down on me, but I don’t want you to put me on a pedestal, either. I’m not superior to you, so don’t act like I am. If we’re going to make our relationship work, we need to act like teammates.
  6. It’s not a compliment. Treating me like a princess is actually pretty damn insulting. It either means you think I’m snobby enough to want others to do my dirty work, or you think that I’m incapable of doing it myself. News flash: I’m self-sufficient and proud of it.
  7. I don’t want you acting all high and mighty. If you think I’m some sort of Disney princess, then you must think you’re a white knight who has saved the day. I don’t want you to think that you’re a hero just for treating me with respect. I don’t owe you anything for being nice to me.
  8. I’m not a kid with childish dreams. You shouldn’t be getting your dating advice from stories parents tell little babies before bedtime. When I was a little girl, I might’ve wanted a sexy man to save me. But now, all I want is someone who accepts my quirks and lets me orgasm first.
  9. I prefer little gestures over big ones. I don’t want you to make empty gestures with diamond rings and roses. I want you to do the dishes, even though it’s my turn and hand me the remote control when the big game is on.
  10. You couldn’t save me if you wanted to. You might be able to make me smile when I’m sad and orgasm when I’m horny, but you aren’t able to change my overall attitude about life. When I’m depressed, you can’t solve my issues. I’m the only one who has that type of power.
Holly Riordan is a writer from Long Island, New York who has authored several science fiction and horror books. A graduate of Stony Brook University, she has spent nearly a decade writing for publications including Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and more. You can find her on Instagram @hollyrio and Twitter @hollyyrio.