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The Feminist's Guide to Raising a Little Princess: How to Raise a Girl Who's Authentic, Joyful, and Fearless--Even If She Refuses to Wear Anything But a Pink Tutu

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Smart, funny, and thought-provoking, this book shows feminist parents how to navigate their daughters' princess-obsessed years by taking a non-judgmental approach and encouraging meaningful conversation.
Devorah Blachor, an ardent feminist, never expected to be the parent of a little girl who was totally obsessed with the color pink, princesses, and all things girly. She
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Tarcherperigee
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Devorah Blachor Like in "Calamari". Do you pronounce it the same way? My husband is Welsh, which is why we went with this Welsh version of the name. I wrote an essay…moreLike in "Calamari". Do you pronounce it the same way? My husband is Welsh, which is why we went with this Welsh version of the name. I wrote an essay about naming her, in case you're interested :
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Scott Dempsey
Jan 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book should have been titled, “Why I think all feminists should like the movie Frozen” because that’s mostly all the author talked about. Little to no insights on parenting beyond “YOU GUYS, Disney is better than they used to be, probably give them all your money and your life will be easier!”

The only people who would truly enjoy this book are parents who are feeling guilty for putting Frozen on for their daughter for the 37th time and want someone to tell them it’s ok....for 250 pages. If
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Cara Rosenbaum
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
The title of this book is totally deceptive. It's not about raising an empowered little girl. It's about a mom that thinks she is really funny and clearly wants to be a comedian and loves the movie Frozen, even though she used to roll her eyes at Disney princesses. Now she loves Disney princesses cause her daughter loves Disney princesses! Even though she admits that the fantasy is kinda silly. End of book. I made it 75% of the way through hoping it would finally get to some kind of point, and ...more
Kirsten
This was cute, but kind of rambling and incoherent. Some of the humor kind of falls flat and feels like it’s trying too hard. Basically it doesn’t quite match up to the title. Parents who are in the throes of princess everything will probably find something here to make them smile, though.
Isabel Giraldo
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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Candy
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Give this to a young mom who needs some laughs and encouragement.
Kevin Maring
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, feminist
Funny and thought provoking. Sometimes the desire to protect our children can veer off into a desire to control them.
Wicked
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
OMG for a mother who purportedly did not like princesses or Disney, this book read like an ad for good old Walt! While some of it was sassy and entertaining, I didn't find it to be particularly interesting or relevant to the title.
Amber Jimerson
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I needed to read this book. There’s plenty to chew on and maybe even plenty to disagree with and question, but the heart of the book was a timely message for me.

I can relate to the author’s natural inclinations and I’ve often found myself parenting my own unexpected Little Princess out of misplaced fear and negativity. It only took a few chapters for me to loosen up and by the end of the book I’d say I officially had a different view of pink and princesses and my daughter’s interest in them.
Ana
Feb 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: motherhood
Good title. Terrible book.
Celia
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
There's nothing in this book that you can't honestly get from listening to "Let it Go" from the movie Frozen and really absorbing the message that have to let it go
Holly
Jan 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
If you're looking for a humor-style book where the punchlines are usually some variation of "parenting is really hard and exhausting" with a "I'm worried my girl is too into pink and princesses" twist, this is your book. If you're looking for parenting tips or engagement with feminist discussions, they make up maybe a total of 10% of this book. Lots of rambling and material that seems off topic or only thinly related (a timeline of Disney princess history, a jokey do's and don'ts for pedicures, ...more
Kerri Beckman
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I noticed this book at a friend’s house and, on a whim, asked to borrow it.
I think of myself as a feminist and now that I’m a new mom to a little girl, I’ve been looking at the world in a new light.

This book was a funny, inspiring, and also refreshing take on what I can and can’t control in my daughter’s life as she grows. It will be the fire in her soul and the passion in her heart that matters, not the pink and frou-frou and girly things she may become enraptured with.
I adored the Frozen
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Mandy
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book more than I expected to, though some parts I did have to skim through, which I don’t usually do. I was really worried during the chapter discussing the fundamental differences between male and female brains, but she finally came down on the side of: they’re indistinguishable. The humor could be a bit much sometimes and just isn’t what I look for in a book, but some of it was genuinely funny and it’s a quick, light read. A bit repetitive at times. Worth the read for any mothers ...more
Sara  Liebman
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book turned out to be different than I expected but it was enjoyable nonetheless. A memoir of one mother's journey toward accepting her daughter's love of pink and princesses speaks to the idea that many of us have about embracing such a culture. Will loving princess make my daughter embrace traditional gender roles and standards of beauty? Will she think she has to be saved by a man? The second half of the book is more of a meditation on feminism and how loving princesses can actually be a ...more
Amanda
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Another book that didn't quite have the meat to be a book, but it only took me a few hours so I didn't mind too much and it at least strives to make you laugh throughout. The thesis of this book is basically "I know it feels really awful, but it probably doesn't really matter that your daughter is obsessed with princesses." I appreciated its walking the line between hysteria and rationality. Seems like a good read for parents who want to commiserate, but can live with the fact that there is no ...more
Joanne Cookson
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
The title is so very misleading. I was really looking for a few how-tos—conversations to have or activities to do—that would help me raise a confident child. The book just didn’t deliver. The studies cited were a bit interesting and eye-opening, but the rest of the book is about how the author’s daughter fell into the rabbit hole of Disney princesses. Also, granted I’ve only seen Frozen once, but I really didn’t see it as this great breakaway from traditional Disney princess movies.
Anne
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Light, easy read on a topic I think a lot about. The movie “Frozen” is referenced A LOT in a positive way, especially in comparison to the passive Disney princesses (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella). Very much an opinion piece but with a surprising (to me in a good way) number of references to scientific research. Probably not for someone looking for serious information on the issue (though a lot of the source material would be good). Gave me a lot to reflect on.
Wisty
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First book of the year and will undoubtedly be one of the best. I wasn't sure if I could relate, since I'm not a mother or anything close, but this hit home in numerous places and was that kind of book that made me come to Realizations, with a capital "R." The voice was hilarious , there were a lot of interesting facts and statistics, and I even cried like a baby at one point. This is one that I want to hand to everyone I know and will definitely be revisiting.
Emily
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
The fluffy retelling of fairytales, Feminist godmother, princess quizzes, and portions with pie charts of little princess scenarios turned me majorly off, but the personal antidotes & fact driven portions of the book were quite good. I rated this two stars instead of three because I didn’t learn anything I didn’t already know.
Alice Sibley
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny and well researched. The author LOVES Frozen and (spoiler alert) ultimately comes around to accepting princesses. I relate as I am not a princess loving lady but my daughter certainly is. I appreciate the research on gender, feminism, and parenting and it's delivered in an easy to read, witty format.
Trey McIntyre
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn’t enjoy this book and almost quit it several times.

The author makes some good points, but her sense of humor is not one I enjoy. She came off as bitter and resentful more than anything.

I would not recommend this one.
Joanna Chen
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Even if you're not running around after a toddler, this book is insightful, revealing and funny. It's also serious and gave me pause to think not only about the generation presently being raised but about the kind of world we're raising them in.
Michelle Sawyer
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unexpectedly hilarious

I wasn't expecting humor, having had no prior exposure to Blachor's writing, but was very much delighted by this book. It really resonated with me on many levels (toddler daughters, movie references, ex-pat existence) and I enjoying it tremendously.
Jen
Mar 04, 2019 added it
Shelves: adult-books
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Jessica
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny, smart and surprisingly balanced.
HouseElfHolly
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was funny and relatable, but didn't really tell me much I wouldn't have known intuitively.
Sarah
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
More so 2.5, I found this more funny than informative, a funny, quick read
DC
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Funnier than I expected and actually insightful.
Ashley M
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. Fine.
Holly
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Some good thoughts, but this book could have used more editing. Some things repeated over and over and over.
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