Lia's Reviews > Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture

Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein
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Dec 28, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: female-mysteries, relationships, sexuality, traditions, abuse

I read this book fast. Because I couldn't seem to put it down for very long. Peggy Orenstein delivers a fascinating look at her own qualms as a mother with a daughter in an age of pink, princess hype, online push, extreme marketing, child beauty pageants, role model movie and TV stars, and more. The thing she comes back to over and over is how the cultural push tells girls what to be and how to look in such a way that they never consider how they feel, especially sexually. They are hyper-sexualized from such a young age that Peggy wonders if these girls will ever even stop to wonder about their own sexual needs, desires, feelings, or if instead they will simply hope they "look good" while being used by their boyfriends, etc. This book is filled with insight, sometimes even catching me by surprise (some of her observations about the Twilight series, for instance, really made me stop and think with a different perspective), and just as much, it is filled with humor. I read many pieces aloud, just so I could share the joke or cleverness with my husband. If you are a woman, or have a daughter, grand-daughter, niece, sister, wife, etc., I'd say, give this book a read.
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message 1: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth It sounds very interesting - I want to read it.

Thank you Lia!

message 2: by Lia (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lia Any time! Nice to bump into you here!

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