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

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Sweet and sassy or predatory and hardened, sexualized girlhood influences our daughters from infancy onward, telling them that how a girl looks matters more than who she is. Somewhere between the exhilarating rise of Girl Power in the 1990s and today, the pursuit of physical perfection has been recast as the source of female empowerment. And commercialization has spread the message faster and farther, reaching girls at ever-younger ages. But how dangerous is pink and pretty, anyway? Being a princess is just make-believe; eventually they grow out of it... or do they?

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Pink and pretty or predatory and hardened, sexualized girlhood influences our daughters from infancy onward, telling them that how a girl looks matters more than who she is. Somewhere between the exhilarating rise of Girl Power in the 1990s and today, the pursuit of physical perfection has been recast as a source -- the source -- of female empowerment. And commercialization has spread the message faster and farther, reaching girls at ever-younger ages....

[Author Peggy Orenstein] visited Disneyland and the international toy fair, trolled American Girl Place and Pottery Barn Kids, and met beauty pageant parents with preschoolers tricked out like Vegas showgirls. She dissected the science, created an online avatar, and parsed the original fairy tales. The stakes turn out to be higher than she -- or we -- ever imagined: nothing less than the health, development, and futures of our girls. From premature sexualization to the risk of depression to rising rates of narcissism, the potential negative impact of this new girlie-girl culture is undeniable -- yet armed with awareness and recognition, parents can effectively counterbalance its influence in their daughters' lives.

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Author Peggy Orenstein
ISBN 0061711535
Publication Date Jan 31, 2012
Publisher Harper Paperbacks
Language English
Category Body Image / Self-Esteem, Child Sexualization, Media / Commercialization
Parenting Books Age Infant to Preschool, Child / School Age, Pre-Teen, Teen