Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, on tour February 2012

Posted By on December 30, 2011

About Cinderella Ate My Daughter

• Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher:Harper Paperbacks (January 31, 2012)

The acclaimed author of the groundbreaking bestseller Schoolgirls reveals the dark side of pink and pretty: the rise of the girlie-girl, she warns, is not that innocent.

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?

In search of answers, Peggy Orenstein visited Disneyland, trolled American Girl Place, and met parents of beauty-pageant preschoolers tricked out like Vegas showgirls. The stakes turn out to be higher than she ever imagined. 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.

About Peggy Orenstein

Peggy Orenstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Romantic Night, and One Woman’s Quest to Become a Mother and Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap. A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, she has been published in, among others, USA Today;VogueParentingO, The Oprah MagazineSalon; and The New Yorker. Orenstein lives in Northern California with her husband and their daughter, Daisy.

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Peggy’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, January 31st: Sara’s Organized Chaos

Wednesday, February 1st: Book Hooked Blog

Thursday, February 2nd: Book Addiction

Friday, February 3rd: Family Volley

Tuesday, February 7th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Wednesday, February 8th: Book Club Classics!

Monday, February 13th: Stephany Writes

Wednesday, February 15th: There’s a Book

Thursday, February 16th: The Scarlet Letter

Thursday, February 16th: Books Like Breathing

Monday, February 20th: Life is Short. Read Fast.

Tuesday, February 21st: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books

Wednesday, February 22nd: Good Girl Gone Redneck


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