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Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture - Peggy Orenstein
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
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The acclaimed author of the groundbreaking bestseller Schoolgirls reveals the dark side of pink and pretty: the rise of the girlie-girl, she warns, is not that innocent. Pink and pretty or predatory and hardened, sexualized girlhood influences our daughters from infancy onward, telling them that... show more
The acclaimed author of the groundbreaking bestseller Schoolgirls reveals the dark side of pink and pretty: the rise of the girlie-girl, she warns, is not that innocent. Pink and pretty or predatory and hardened, sexualized girlhood influences our daughters from infancy onward, telling them that how a girl looks matters more than who she is. Somewhere between the exhilarating rise of Girl Power in the 1990s and today, the pursuit of physical perfection has been recast as a source—the source—of female empowerment. And commercialization has spread the message faster and farther, reaching girls at ever-younger ages. But, realistically, how many times can you say no when your daughter begs for a pint-size wedding gown or the latest Hannah Montana CD? And how dangerous is pink and pretty anyway—especially given girls' successes in the classroom and on the playing field? Being a princess is just make-believe, after all; eventually they grow out of it. Or do they? Does playing Cinderella shield girls from early sexualization—or prime them for it? Could today's little princess become tomorrow's sexting teen? And what if she does? Would that make her in charge of her sexuality—or an unwitting captive to it? Those questions hit home with Peggy Orenstein, so she went sleuthing. She visited Disneyland and the international toy fair, trolled American Girl Place and Pottery Barn Kids, and met beauty pageant parents with preschoolers tricked out like Vegas showgirls. She dissected the science, created an online avatar, and parsed the original fairy tales. The stakes turn out to be higher than she—or we—ever imagined: nothing less than the health, development, and futures of our girls. From premature sexualization to the risk of depression to rising rates of narcissism, the potential negative impact of this new girlie-girl culture is undeniable—yet armed with awareness and recognition, parents can effectively counterbalance its influence in their daughters' lives. Cinderella Ate My Daughter is a must-read for anyone who cares about girls, and for parents helping their daughters navigate the rocky road to adulthood.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780061711527 (0061711527)
ASIN: 0061711527
Publisher: Harper
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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Rachel's books
Rachel's books rated it
3.0 Cinderella Ate My Daughter
This had a catchy title, and I have a niece who is very into the Disney princesses, so I decided to check it out. This didn't really teach me anything I didn't already know. The pacing, the humor, and the writing made this an interesting read. I do think it lacked different perspectives (like race a...
Hipster Ariel's Literary Grotto
Hipster Ariel's Literary Grotto rated it
3.0 A Fascinating book on the Effects of Hyperfeminization
I liked this book, don't get me wrong. It gave some interesting statistics on the girly girl culture and how to help keep girls from equating beauty with self worth. As a girl who went through a lot of this, I can appreciate that. I can see why people stated that it didn't offer many good solutions ...
Rowena's Reviews
Rowena's Reviews rated it
4.0
"We simply gave girls what they wanted." – Andy Mooney (Former Chairman of Disney Consumer Products) This was a very insightful and interesting read, it was a very disturbing one as well. This book came about due to the fact that Orenstein gave birth to a baby girl and, as a result, a lot of thi...
spoko
spoko rated it
I regret that I can't really give a coherent review of this book, because I read it in fits and starts over a period of about two years. But I don't remember having many real issues with it, and I do have a general sense of gaining some insight through Orenstein's quest for her own understanding. So...
Project Bookworm
Project Bookworm rated it
3.0
Actual Rating: 2.5 StarsEver since giving birth to her daughter, Daisy, Peggy Orenstein has wondered how to raise her into a healthy, confident young woman. Orenstein worries about how the world around her is affecting her daughter, and how much influence she has on her daughter’s healthy developmen...
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