Recommended Reading: Peggy Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Orenstein, Peggy. Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. 2011. New York: HarperCollins, 2012.

I read this a few months ago now. It’s a bestseller, and it sure doesn’t need my endorsement.

I’m endorsing it anyway.

Cover Art for Cinderella Ate my Daughter

Cinderella Ate My Daughter Cover Art.

While I don’t agree with all of the author’s claims, this is one of those books I ended up talking about with my mom, my best friend and basically anybody else who would listen. In a series of expository and quasi-autobiographical essays (Some of these writings were adapted from Orenstein’s work for The New York Times Magazine.), Orenstein offers a thought-provoking look at how marketing and consumer culture has been instrumental in the construction of ‘girlhood’ as it is understood today.

So if you have ever wanted an author to unpack how teen pop idols relate to the virgin/whore dichotomy or wondered how marketers invented the category toddler, this might be the book for you.

I borrowed the e-book from my local library, but you can find Cinderella Ate My Daughter on amazon in both hard-copy and electronic form.