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Book Review: Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From The Front Lines Of The New Girlie Girl Culture Adriana Cerezo

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Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. By Peggy Orenstein. New york, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011, 192 pages

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In this book, Peggy Orenstein explores the land of pink. She takes us on an adventurous trip to try and find out the truth about what society tells our young girls what they should be wearing, how they should be acting and most importantly looks are what matters. Orenstein herself is a mother of a preschool aged daughter so the topic of what influences young girls is of great importance to her. She struggles with making the correct decisions for her ...view middle of the document...

’ People tell her that all the times, and we do too. We tell him, ‘You’re so smart’”(20). Peggy takes the issue through many different avenues, trying to find answers to questions such as how dangerous is pink? Is playing princess just make-believe and a phase that all girls go through? Do girls grow out of it? Does Disney Princesses shield young girls from early sexualization?
Orenstein embarks on a journey to find the answers to these questions. Along the way she speaks with a friend and attends a beauty pageant. She attends the international toy fair in New York to find that girl toys are drenched in pink. She accompanies a friend and her daughter to American Girl Place in New York to investigate the more empowering American Girl dolls and the story behind their start. She also speaks to Andy Mooney who is behind the “Princesses” marketing ideas for Disney, as well as visiting Disneyland Park. The biggest question being, is it simply a phase that our young girls will grow out of or will it harm them in the long run? Are we going overboard, over-analyzing everything? Or, are we not doing enough? Some of her research say yes and some says no. Looking at prior Disney stars like Hannah Montana’s Miley Cryrus leads us to believe that as a parent, one shouldn’t give in to the “pink” façade. On the other hand stories of previous beauty queens, who are generous, giving and beautiful, lead us to believe that it will help build character.
I would definitely recommend this reading. Not only does it give a parent a sense of what is...

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