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!
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