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Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture [Book]

by Peggy Orenstein · HarperCollins · Hardback · 244 pages · ISBN 0061711527
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 ...

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  • CINDERELLA ATE MY DAUGHTER: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
    By Jane Doe - September 14, 2010 - Kirkus
    New York Times Magazine contributor Orenstein (Waiting for Daisy, 2007, etc.) investigates the impact of early sexualization on girls.In this witty, well-documented study, the author of Schoolgirls (1994) examines the not-so-innocent side of princess culture represented by Cinderella and her sister Disney royals. Orenstein looks at the way race-based images of idealized female beauty and behavior, themselves the product of aggressive and manipulative marketing campaigns, influence preteen girls. Before they reach kindergarten, female children have already been indoctrinated in the idea that how they look is more important than who they are. Foundations have been laid for the idea that prettiness—and a narcissistic concern with the external self—is the true path to empowerment. The main issue Orenstein addresses, however, is whether Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel and Belle (and their less popular, darker-skinned counterparts, Mulan and Pocahontas) protect young girls from early sexualization or prepare them to be consumers of clothes, grooming aids, toys, music and other forms of media that seem to celebrate underage sexuality. During the course of her research, Orenstein visited the Toy Fair ("the industry's largest trade show"), specialty "girl" stores such as American Girl Palace, the Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant for preteen girls, a Miley Cyrus concert and social-networking sites such as Webkinz and Facebook. The author discovered that while girls have more role models than ever before to show them that they can become anything they wish, they are also under much greater pressure from an extraordinarily young age to prove their femininity. That Orenstein is the mother of a young, biracial daughter makes the narrative even more readable than her bestselling earlier writings on girlhood and self-esteem. Rather than writing as a concerned but detached observer, she approaches her subject as a parent seeking practical ways to negotiate a complex cultural landscape that has been as confusing for her as a mother and woman as it has been potentially damaging for the girl she is raising.Intelligent and richly insightful. Read full review
  • Informative and well-written book for parents of girls.
    By Rachel E Baldes - October 8, 2012 -
    I ordered this book because I had heard some good things about it when it first came out from my friends who had daughters. Having had my own little girl in May 2011 and seeing how the toys (and clothing) were so segregated by color (even if they were otherwise the EXACT same toy/clothing) started to aggravate me beyond words. When I was kid, toys were toys, they all came in primary colors except maybe a few things like tea sets or whatnot. Now, if a friend or relative goes to buy a gift fro my daughter chances are they will pick the one that is pink and purple, rather than the primary colored one. It also bothers me very much that "princess" themed toys start out for children as you as 0-3 months. I DON'T want my daughter to have a "diamond" ring rattle...that's ridiculous. The book focuses more on children older than my daughter is now, but it gave me many good ideas for setting some guidelines for what types of toys my daughter will play with and exactly how the marketing behind these "girl" toys works. I would recommend this book to anyone with similar concerns. Read full review
  • A good start
    By jlwhydra - February 10, 2011 -
    I bought the book based on the title. I was expecting to read about how every aspect of our little girls lives are consumed by Princesses as well as other girly stuff. I wasnt disappointed... for the first six chapters. Towards the end of the book Orenstein starts talking about female child stars growing up to be disappointments in parentssociety eyes girls performances on online social mediums comic book superheroes etc. It felt like Orenstein didnt have enough information on one topic and had to throw in four extra chapters at the end to meet a quota. Although I dont think its a solid text on its own for reasons Ive just stated I do like that Orenstein did her research and offers it up in an easy to understand NotesBibliography. Anyone who is looking into furthering there understanding on how roles impacts our children more about girls than boys but both sexes are discussed than this book is a good start. Read full review


AuthorPeggy Orenstein
Publication DateJanuary 25, 2011

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