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Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl CultureCinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture , Peggy Orenstein attempts to justify her feminism with the of raising a daughter in realities of today's "princess culture."

Ever noticed how childless individuals always seem to be experts in raising everybody ELSE'S children? After giving birth to her first child, a daughter, it would seem natural for feminist researcher and author Peggy Orenstein to put her politics to the test. She laments,

"Walking around the streets of Disney, I found myself in an odd juxtaposition between intoxication with the sparkles, jewels and tiaras on the one hand, and disbelief that I was an active participant in what I had so proudly balked at in my former life. My former life being my life BEFORE children."

She cleverly wages war using clearly examined research on the culture of the color pink; magnified and invented gender differences in marketing, the value of toy guns in childhood pretend-play, childhood consumerism beginning at age eighteen MONTHS, and the role Disney Princess play in children's gender-driven behavior as the Princesses evolve from the seemingly harmless Cinderella to the adult version of a Disney Princess, the shockingly sinister Miley Cyrus.

Orenstein ask the million dollar question: “Is all this pink really necessary?”

The answer?

“Only if you want to make money.”


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