In her upcoming book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Peggy Orenstein explores what it’s like to raise a daughter in this girlie-girl obsessed culture. All parents want to protect their child and hope that she lives happily ever after, but will the princess treatment really do the trick? Does playing Cinderella shield little girls from early sexualization—or prime them for it?
Orenstein, part parent and part journalist, helps her readers to bring together pieces of girl culture and understand how marketers’ and the media’s use of Disney Princesses and Barbies and Britneys/Lindsays/Mileys and beauty pageants are sending girls mixed messages about innocence and sexuality. This smart and honest look into girlhood will give well-meaning parents a sense of sanity.
Peggy’s appearance on the Today Show