"Cinderella Ate My Daughter" by: Peggy Orenstein
I definitely have to say this was by far the best article I have read among the others. It definitely made a lot of clear points relating to today's society, and definitely made some valid points. Overall the article is based on how the "princess culture" the "disney culture" may or may not have influenced most of the twenty-first century. "She is everything I imagined my daughter would reject (Snow White), would not in fact, ever encounter or even understand if she did, let alone embrace: the passive, personality-free princess swept off by a prince (who is enchanted solely by her beauty) to live in a happily-ever-after that he ultimately controls. Yet there was my little girl, somehow having learned the plotline anyway, blissfully lying in wait for love's first kiss" (12). Pretty long quote, but she made a really good point connecting to rich's article about compulsory heterosexuality. There it is, a 3-year-old, acting out the role of a princess, which in a way may/ may not have an impact on her in the future. Going back, I'm not implying to princesses being bad examples, because there are a few that teach many young ones a valuable lesson, in a sense of showing them to be who they want and choose to be. Such as disney's star, Mulan, where she poses as boy to save China, and Pocahontas who pretty much sacrificed her village to be with the British man she was in love with. Overall the main point, the more mainstream media girls consume, the more importance they place on being pretty, sexy, stay at home mom, etc. Do you. Do what makes YOU happy. Your life results in the way YOU decided to live it.
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