In a past life, Jason Porath used to work on animated movies such as How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Croods, and Kung Fu Panda 2. Upon leaving the animation industry, he started Rejected Princesses: a blog illustrating tales of unsung women of history and myth who'd never get the animated princess treatment. It went viral, and in 2016 Porath’s book Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics (Dey Street Books) debuted.
Illustrated in a contemporary animation style, Rejected Princesses turns the ubiquitous "pretty pink princess" stereotype portrayed in movies, and on endless toys, books, and tutus on its head, paying homage instead to an awesome collection of strong, fierce, and yes, sometimes weird, women: warrior queens, soldiers, villains, spies, revolutionaries, and more who refused to behave and meekly accept their place. An entertaining mix of biography, imagery, and humor written in a fresh, young, and riotous voice, this thoroughly researched exploration salutes these awesome women drawn from both historical and fantastical realms, including real life, literature, mythology, and folklore. Each profile features an eye-catching image of both heroic and villainous women in command from across history and around the world, from a princess-cum-pirate in fifth century Denmark, to a rebel preacher in 1630s Boston, to a bloodthirsty Hungarian countess, and a former prostitute who commanded a fleet of more than 70,000 men on China’s seas.
Through thought provoking presentations Porath addresses the complexities of image and gender roles in popular culture and in today’s society. From gender studies courses to historical societies and more, Porath is a great fit for your next event.
Currently, Porath lives in New York and sometimes Los Angeles. He enjoys exploring abandoned buildings and sings a lot of karaoke.
Praise for Jason Porath and Rejected Princesses:
“Stories parents should tell their children.”
“'Rejected Princesses' Have Stories Worth Telling.”
--NPR's All Things Considered
“You NEED to follow this Tumblr.”
“The fairytale princesses you never knew you wanted.”
“I've never seen a group that engaged.”
--Jon Truitt, Central Michigan University