Cinderella Ate My Daughters

// 22 March 2012

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A photograph of an image of a woman wearing headphones, created with spray paint and a stencil, taken by Paul Collins in Italy. I’m a bit of a podcast addict, and this is a short post to recommend a podcast episode I listened to this morning.

Peggy Orenstein is an author whose published books are Waiting for Daisy; Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love and Life in a Half-Changed World; and the best-selling SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap. Her most recent book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture, is what she was talking about, and reading from, on the podcast.

It is about the Disney Princess-ification (forgive me, grammar!) of girls’ childhoods, which is a big concern to many feminists, especially feminist parents. She talks with great passion about the issue on the Authors On Tour podcast, and I would really recommend listening.

She also has a lot of interesting things to say, on her website, about pinkifying (again, sorry) breast cancer.

Listen to her on the Authors On Tour podcast here. There does not appear to be a transcript available.

[The image is a photograph of an image of a woman wearing headphones, created with spray paint and a stencil, taken by Paul Collins in Italy. It is used under a Creative Commons Licence]

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