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Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Katharine Crnko Mar 29, 2011

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

Author: Peggy Orenstein

Publisher: Harper

Type: Non Fiction

Released: January 25, 2011

Length: 256 pages

In her new book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture, Peggy Orenstein warns, “the rise of the girlie-girl … is not that innocent.”

“When journalist Peggy Orenstein published an essay in The New York Times Magazine about the ‘princess-mania’ that has overtaken a new generation of little girls, she was not prepared for a firestorm. But ‘What’s Wrong with Cinderella?‘ swiftly shot to the top of the Times’ website’s ‘most emailed’ list and elicited hundreds of reader responses. Orenstein, who had garnered a reputation as an expert on girls’ development with her groundbreaking bestseller, Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem and the Confidence Gap, thought she was simply musing about her own observations and reactions to her young daughter’s obsession with Disney princesses and predilection for the color pink. Clearly, though, she had touched a cultural nerve: many parents, she discovered, shared her concerns about the significance of this seemingly-retro trend toward the ultra-feminine, and the role the ubiquitous marketing machine plays in packaging and promoting it.” —Courtesy of

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