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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (31 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061711535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061711534
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cinderella Ate My Daughter 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. Full description

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By GrrlAlex on 20 Feb. 2012
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This is an enjoyable and entertaining read by a writer who conveys passion and conviction for her cause. Orenstein is a journalist rather than an academic (and her style reflects that), but she's done her homework and there are some fascinating and really interesting points made throughout the text.

As someone with a professional interest in gender studies I was keen to get my hands on a copy once it came out. So, one morning last week, the delivery arrives - and ripping open the Amazon packet excitedly I take in the front cover. The artwork is delightful, albeit of course ironic with its glitter appliqué, but this excitement is quickly tempered when one notes the low quality of paper the publisher has used. Maybe I'm a book snob but I felt the paper took the work down-market in a way that kinda does the content an injustice. *Just saying guys*.

So - to the text:

The author draws on her experience of raising a daughter in the 21st century to illustrate concerns that trouble many of us with pro-feminist values. It's as if there is some kind of backlash against the whole 1980's 'dungarees and crew-cut' image of second wave feminism that had ordinary women recoiling in horror and making sure their daughters would become 'proper girls' (ie: not lesbians) - and as if to make the point the definition of girl-approved identities suddenly becomes strangled in pink tulle, as girls are schooled in the notion of looking pretty and attracting a handsome prince.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cazzanada on 16 July 2013
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It was an interesting read. I borrowed it from the library and I'm glad I did that rather than purchase it. At first I found this book fascinating, particularly the sections on how boys and girls develop and relate to each other. However, towards the end I felt the author's point was becoming a little repetitive. I also wouldn't say it was the most objective book I've read.

I was anti everything for girls being pink already but I hadn't appreciated the extent of clever marketing on young girls. This book is definitely worth a read but I wouldn't rave about it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By og505 on 3 Sept. 2013
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This book comes from the perspective of a life-long feminist who is also a mother to a daughter, two roles which are at times difficult to reconcile. This is precisely the reason why Cinderella Ate My Daughter is such an important book. My problem with some feminist books is that they can be a bit abstract and quite theoretical. Orenstein avoids this problem by speaking directly about her own experiences and being frank about the conflicting feelings she feels as a mother and as a feminist. She combines myriad examples with research and her own experiences while providing guidance for mothers who may find themselves in the same Cinderella-dominated world for young girls. This is one of my favourite feminist books and it's definitely changed the way I view gender socialization and the problems that young girls face. Don't be deceived by the deep topic matter: this is very easy to read and I had a hard time putting it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2012
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I am fairly confident that I'm the type of person who is the intended audience for this book! I am attracted to feminist books, have wariness as regards this entire pink/fairy/princess phenomenon AND I have a young daughter.

CAMD is a good blend of psychology/ sociology / journalism and personal experience. Orrenstein uses her experiences with her own daughter as a way in to discuss areas such as toys, film and music and beauty pageants. As Orrenstein is American, some of the things she discusses are peculiar to the USA, for example I had never heard of the `American Girl' dolls, but there is enough explanation and are enough UK equivalents that her arguments and ideas do not alienate a UK audience.

The chapter on junior beauty pageants, which I strongly oppose, was sensitively handled and attempted to give and even-handed perspective on why they might not be all bad (she didn't persuade me though!!) I also enjoyed the chapter in which she looks at fairy tales and the wisdom (or not) of reading them to your children in their original and grisly form.

On the whole interesting but lacking in any definite and strong opinions or views, so it came across as the musings of a confused parent. After all that debate it would seem that neither of us are any the wiser, or not much anyway
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Rose on 5 Mar. 2013
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This is a really entertaining and academic book about the prevalence of girly culture.

This book is really well written as points are intelligently made and well researched but also at times anecdotal and humourously put, so it was also a very easy read.

Something I found particularly great about this book was the discussions of the 90's and the girl power movement, (which I have to admit made me a little nostalgic), the disney princesses and the overwhelming amount of pink in girls products.

There is also some good advice in negotiating ideas of gender with small children with some great examples of problems she had when her little girl was growing up.

If you are interested in feminism and the current ideas of femininity that are presented to children, I would really recommend this book
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