Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter Questions Whether Girly Girl World Perpetuates Gender Inequality

Peggy Orenstein’s new book “Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Girly Girl Culture” raises questions of what kind of message are we sending to young girls by pushing on them a sparkly pink princess fantasy world.  Although many will say that the princess phase only lasts a few years, others claim that the girlie girl fantasy world has long lasting effects on women, and perpetuates discrimination in the workplace.  Once girls start to learn about princesses, many argue that they become confused.  While they excel in school and outpace their male peers in science and math, they also obsess about Prince Charming and who has the prettiest dress, and forget that girls are smart and strong.  This is the start of the stigma that men are smarter, and therefore more successful, than women.  Full article: Newsweek

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