Cinderella Ate My Daughter

by Peggy Orenstein
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

But first, an anecdote: I mentioned the title to a friend and she asked what it was about. I said it was non-fiction and she looked startled. I hastened to add that it didn’t really happen… that Cinderella didn’t actually eat the author’s daughter… and we had a good laugh.

I had high hopes for this book. What I liked about it was that Orenstein’s struggles and questions were so real. She was trying so hard to figure out what the right thing was and do it, but it’s not easy. She waffles a lot and the book is incredibly inconclusive, down to the symbolism and meaning of the Disney Princesses (are they positive role models or not? I’m still unsure). Overall, though, she raises a lot of good questions and actually not answering them seems to prove her point about just how confusing it all is. Worth a read, in any case.

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