Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Kara Powell | Feb 9, 2011

A few different folks have sent me this review on Slate of a new book by Peggy Orenstein entitled “Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture”. I haven’t read the book yet, but this review makes some interesting points.

Here is one of the more interesting excerpts from the review:

“She interviews the Disney exec responsible for the birth of the Disney Princess concept that, 10 years later, has landed some permutation of Ariel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or Belle in every American household containing a girl-child between the ages of 2 and 10. The exec suggests that Disney princess props allow girls to expand their imaginations. Instead, Orenstein finds that during a drawing exercise at her daughter’s preschool, boys imagined themselves as everything from animals to insects, snack foods to superheroes, while girls were uniformly princesses, fairies, butterflies, or ballerinas.”

As a mother of 2 daughters, we have let princess & fairy products into our house. And even some Barbies too. But this quote reminds me how important it is to continue to stretch our girls - to shoot hoops with them (something I did last night), to hike with them, and to do all we can to stretch their imagination and their sense of themselves.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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