From Goodreads: 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.
and pretty or predatory and hardened, sexualized girlhood influences
our daughters from infancy onward, telling them that how a girl looks
matters more than who she is. Somewhere between the exhilarating rise of
Girl Power in the 1990s and today, the pursuit of physical perfection
has been recast as a source,the source of female empowerment.
And commercialization has spread the message faster and farther,
reaching girls at ever-younger ages.
But, realistically, how many
times can you say no when your daughter begs for a pint-size wedding
gown or the latest Hannah Montana CD? And how dangerous is pink and
pretty anyway, especially given girls' successes in the classroom and on
the playing field? Being a princess is just make-believe, after all;
eventually they grow out of it. Or do they? Does playing Cinderella
shield girls from early sexualization, or prime them for it? Could
today's little princess become tomorrow's sexting teen? And what if she
does? Would that make her in charge of her sexuality, ;or an unwitting
captive to it?
Those questions hit home with Peggy Orenstein, so she
went sleuthing. She visited Disneyland and the international toy fair,
trolled American Girl Place and Pottery Barn Kids, and met beauty
pageant parents with preschoolers tricked out like Vegas showgirls. She
dissected the science, created an online avatar, and parsed the original
fairy tales. The stakes turn out to be higher than she - or we - ever
imagined: nothing less than the health, development, and futures of our
girls. From premature sexualization to the risk of depression to rising
rates of narcissism, the potential negative impact of this new
girlie-girl culture is undeniable; yet armed with awareness and
recognition, parents can effectively counterbalance its influence in
their daughters' lives.
My Thoughts: I have heard a lot about this book and after finding out that we are having a little girl, I figured it was high time that I read it. I was very intrigued by the premise but I feel like a lot of what is discussed in the book is not new information. There was very little in it that I had not already heard so I was a little sad about that as I was expecting some fresh new insights.
I also felt like the author made some broad generalizations about her topics. While I completely agree with much of what she had to say, it seemed like she took one situation and made it seem like that happened to everyone and that everyone deals with the same issues in the same way. I didn't really buy it. It also seemed to me that her point got lost in the stories she told. She told these elaborate tales of experiences she had with other mothers and by the time the story was over I couldn't remember what the point she was originally trying to make was.
In the end, I am glad that I read this book but I definitely was let down a little. It was a decent read but I was really expecting so much more from it. 3 stars.