Saturday, November 27, 2010

Before you buy another pink anything....





I'm reading Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein, and I am absolutely enamored. The books isn't going to be released until Jan 25th....but it should be on your radar...







The book takes an interesting survey of the landscape of girlhood. This book is helping me understand why I feel so sad when I walk past the clothing stores that target pre-teens, and I feel even sadder when I think about how children younger and younger are being targeted in board rooms across the land as a burgeoning demographic of pre-consumers.......(consumers).
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I knew I felt skittish about the Little Mermaid...I mean...this is a lady- fish who gives up her voice to be with a dude....or if you really wanna look at it, this is a chick who lost her voice when her legs split. Kinda haunting....(not to mention all the violence directed at Divine....I mean...Ursula)

All these topic are deftly adressed by Orenstein. I must run home to finish it before I wax on....

This author (Peggy-Orenstein) is coming to the store too! I'm sure I'll be writing more when the time comes closer to hosting this exciting, important and necessary read.


In the mean time, I'm buying my niece a copy of The Paper Bag Princess, one of my favorite picture books about a little girl whose worth lies beyond her appearance. This little chicky has agency, and lacks vanity. She also rescues a fella in need. In-deed! Ex-hale!










3 comments:

Hill Rat said...

The Paper Bag Princess is a family favorite!

I'll be interested to read this book when it comes out, it's so distressing to try to buy my daughter sporting goods when everything from rugby boots (cleats) to basketballs is offered in pink.

Amy said...

Can I recommend The Courageous Princess as well? Graphic novel, gorgeous pix: Princess goes to ball, gets dissed, creates havoc with frog. Gets kidnapped by dragon, waits around for prince to save her, gets bored, escapes. Makes friends with talking porcupine, saves the talking animal city from an evil tiger, kills the dragon with a magic flute. My daughter (4) has loved two copies of it to death already, and wants to marry the protagonist. I figure that alone balances out the entirely tulle and pink wardrobe she insists on. Also: we have a strict no-disney policy in our house, which helps.

Emily said...

Yahoo! Paper Bag Princess :)