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.
Sweet and sassy 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 the source of
female empowerment. And commercialization has spread the message
faster and farther, reaching girls at ever-younger ages. But how
dangerous is pink and pretty, anyway? Being a princess is just
make-believe; eventually they grow out of it . . .
or do they?
In search of answers, Peggy Orenstein visited Disneyland,
trolled American Girl Place, and met parents of beauty-pageant
preschoolers tricked out like Vegas showgirls. The stakes turn out
to be higher than she ever imagined. 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''
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.