Peggy Orenstein's 'Cinderella Ate My Daughter'

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In the girl’s world today, the ‘princess phase’ has become an inevitable period such that it seems that it ought to get official in the developmental cycle for girls. As we begin to see our little girls start walking holding their tiny frocks, we happen to develop a habit of indulging in the royal rituals almost naturally. But as Peggy Orenstein argues in “Cinderella ate my Daughter” this phase is nothing close to being natural or real. Noticing how we tend to develop stereotypes and segregate the sources of entertainment for little kids, it is freaking that boys are accustomed to trains, cars, superheroes while the girls cannot be accepted in anything else than being dressed like a princess holding a wand and having nothing short than pink…show more content…
Though she has been writing a lot regarding the challenges and strengths for girls but in this article or rather in this book, she seems more convincing due to the fact that she shares her personal experience and is dealing with the life of her own little girl, Daisy. Starting from toys and clothes, to movies, and cartoons, she explores the ‘pink effect’ on her daughter’s life. In order to reach the core issue, she consults other researchers and experts to find out why the only message being sent to girls is that looking like Cinderella is the only surest way for them. The articles seems to become more interesting due to the conflicting feelings and thoughts of the writer. She doesn’t pretend that she is sure about the right choices for her daughter; rather, the display of confusion intrigues to explore further what conclusion she would be…show more content…
The concept of self and the notion that mothers are the role models has been eliminated as social pressures make the girls move away from reality. The issue has been further triggered due to the line of products that have been introduced associated with the Disney Princesses. The products are featured and promoted in a way that all the girls are compelled to buy those accessories. As Peggy pointed out that she never talked about nor did she instill the princess phenomena in her daughter. As soon as Daisy moved slightly away from her influence and stepped in school, she began memorizing the names of the princesses and started desiring her own dress. The fact is that not only the girls but even their parents are falling in the trap that has been laid by marketing professionals accepting that the princess phase falls between the girlhood and

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