The “pink princess” culture

When I heard about Peggy Orenstein’s new book “Cinderella Ate My Daughter” I immediately downloaded it to my iPad!  We had just taken my granddaughters Sophie (age 6) and Elodie (age 5) on a whirlwind trip to DisneyWorld and the main thing they wanted to do was to get princess dresses with the Holiday gift money sent to them by their granddad!  I had observed their great interest in all the Disney princesses (most of whom I had no knowledge of), and their love of all things pink, but since they are also equally interested in things like Star Wars, the human body, their playlists on iTunes, the latest drawing app on their Dad’s iPad, the USA presidents, Rosa Parks and other women of history, I viewed their love of pink and princesses as something typical of little girls in their generation. What I did not realize until we went to DisneyWorld is how much of a culture this has become, and I had no idea how it got to be so. They did get their dresses, much to their delight, but interestingly they choose yellow and blue dresses, not pink!  Then a couple of weeks later I came across a KQED interview of Peggy Orenstein and knew that her book is a must-read for this feminist grandmother!  I have not finished it yet, but I am finding it entertaining, thought-provoking, and informative. Would love to hear from others who might have come across this book, or who have little girls in their lives who are also part of this culture!

About Peggy L Chinn

feminist, nurse activist, writer, founding editor of ANS Advances in Nursing Science, quilter, grandmother nurturing the future of the amazing children in my life.
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1 Response to The “pink princess” culture

  1. Thomas Cox PhD RN says:

    OK, Try 2 at this.

    I really got a chuckle when reading this. I had the privilege of having my daughter and grand-kids living next door for several months.

    Last July I did a paper at the the 14th annual Insurance Mathematics and Economics Congress in Toronto. While I was there I went to one of their great museums and as I was wandering around I did that last minute gift shopping to prove that I had actually gone somewhere.

    I got this great pictorial history of Canada’s eco-system with lots of pictures of indigenous bears, a neat solar powered motor, and a neat robotic kit that moves moves around obstacles and stops at edges, and as a total throwaway, a pink Princess cape. It looked cute but I figured my granddaughter, at age 12, was way too old and too sophisticated for such fluff.

    So, I get home and carry the treasures next door. I am expecting everyone to thumb through the book for a couple of hours ooohing and ahhhing about the beautiful rivers, mountains, plains…. The great pictorial history gets tossed to the side without being opened. Great choice Bear!

    The robot gets some attention, the solar powered motor about the same. But my daughter and grand-daughter are fighting over who gets to wear the pink Princess cape. Grand-daughter won that contest and wore it to school and at home for the next few days.

    So, I sort of get Pink. What I should have done is bought a lot more pink things, fewer kits, and no picture book.



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