Are little girls hardwired to love all things pink and frilly, or do we as a society force them in that direction? Inspired by what she saw when her daughter was a preschooler, Peggy Orenstein strives to answer that question in her book Cinderella Ate My Daughter. Recommended to me by my best friend Maria, the book is an in-depth look into the current girlie-girl culture of princesses, sparkles, and all things pink that seems to be consuming this current generation of little girls. Orestein leaves no stone unturned as she examines everything from Disney princesses and Bratz dolls to beauty pageants and spas geared towards four year-olds. She even takes a look at the issues facing tweens and teens and what they may reveal for the future of today’s preschoolers. One of things I love about this book, unlike a lot of others on the subject, is that it doesn’t force one side of the argument over the other, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. In fact, Orenstein frequently voices her conflicts about whether its all just harmless fun or harmful conditioning. Whether you’re a parent or not, Cinderella Ate My Daughter is a fascinating window in to the pretty pink princess world of the girlie girl culture.
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