Oct 192011
 
BOOK REVIEW
Cinderella Ate My Daughter Written by Peggy Orenstein
What this book has proven to be is an expose of the pitfalls our culture has made for girls and boys. Orenstein takes you behind the scenes into the world of marketing schemes such as Disney’s “Princess Phenomenon” and the pink explosion. The “girlie girl” trend continues to push us from Barbie to Twilight, Facebook and the American girl dolls. All of these influences are examined as well as the pattern of teen icon role models such as Brittney Spears, Miley Cyrus  and their drastic change from “wholesome” to well…worse.
It is a conversation to be had, how far are we as parents willing to go? Peggy brings to attention some compelling evidence that  hyper femininity is actually harmful for girls. She also shows how our culture may “pigeonhole” girls just as they do boys. As pointed out girls may be teased for playing with toys that are not girlie enough just as boys would be taunted for playing dress up with tutu’s.
This book is up to date with research without being overly academic. I could relate to Orenstein as she struggled with raising her daughter to be healthy and happy while the media culture keeps sending such unhealthy messages. I would hope many people will read this amazing book and keep their eyes open to different, healthier ways to empower our daughters and our sons.
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