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

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9780061711527: Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture

From New York Times bestselling author Peggy Orenstein, now available in paperback--the acclaimed New York Times Magazine contributor and author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller Schoolgirlsgrapples with where to draw the line for our daughters in the new girlie-girl culture.

The rise of the girlie-girl, warns Peggy Orenstein, is no innocent phenomenon. Following her acclaimed books Flux, Schoolgirls, and the provocative New York Times bestseller Waiting for Daisy, Orenstein's Cinderella Ate My Daughter 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.

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"[Peggy Orenstein's] addictively readable book manages, somehow, to be simultaneously warm and chilling"--Rebecca Traister, author of Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women

"I wish I'd had Peggy Orenstein's thought-provoking, wise, and entertaining new book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, to comfort me and to help me navigate the Pepto Bismol pink aisles of the toy store and the cotton candy pink channels of the TV dial. Every mother needs to read this."--Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother

"Reading "Cinderella" is like hanging out with a straight-talking, hilarious friend; taking a fascinating seminar on 21st century girlhood; and discovering a compendium of wise (but never preachy) advice on raising girls. A must-read for any parent trying to stay sane in a media saturated world."--Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl

Reading "Cinderella" is like hanging out with a straight-talking, hilarious friend; taking a fascinating seminar on 21st century girlhood; and discovering a compendium of wise (but never preachy) advice on raising girls. A must-read for any parent trying to stay sane in a media saturated world. --Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl"

I wish I d had Peggy Orenstein s thought-provoking, wise, and entertaining new book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, to comfort me and to help me navigate the Pepto Bismol pink aisles of the toy store and the cotton candy pink channels of the TV dial. Every mother needs to read this. --Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother"

[Peggy Orenstein s] addictively readable book manages, somehow, to be simultaneously warm and chilling --Rebecca Traister, author of Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women"

Orenstein has played a defining role in giving voice to this generation of girls and women . At times this book brings tears to your eyes tears of frustration with today s girl-culture and also of relief because somebody finally gets it and is speaking out on behalf of our daughters. --Judith Warner, author of "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety""

"Orenstein has played a defining role in giving voice to this generation of girls and women.... At times this book brings tears to your eyes--tears of frustration with today's girl-culture and also of relief because somebody finally gets it--and is speaking out on behalf of our daughters."--Judith Warner, author of Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

"Reading Cinderella is like hanging out with a straight-talking, hilarious friend; taking a fascinating seminar on 21st century girlhood; and discovering a compendium of wise (but never preachy) advice on raising girls. A must-read for any parent trying to stay sane in a media saturated world."--Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl

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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' lives.

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