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

January 31, 2012|
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein
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Peggy Orenstein, acclaimed author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestsellers Girls & Sex and Schoolgirls, offers a radical, timely wake-up call for parents, revealing the dark side of a pretty and pink culture confronting girls at every turn as they grow into adults.

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'' lives.

Peggy Orenstein is the author of theNew York TimesbestsellerWaiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Romantic Night, and One Woman''s Quest to Become a MotherandSchoolgirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap. A contributing writer to theNew York T...
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Title:Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:272 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 0.61 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 0.61 in
Published:January 31, 2012
Publisher:HarperCollins
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780061711534

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