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Cinderella Ate My Daughter
Transcript of Cinderella Ate My Daughter
Cinderella Ate My Daughter
-Author Peggy Orenstien is also the narrator of the novel
-She investigates the many ways our culture forces
stereotypes onto girls at a very young age
-Peggy explores the influence that these gender-based stereotypes have on girls, and their self esteem
-Peggy visits Pageants, a Hannah Montana concert, and the American Girl Doll headquarters to gain more knowledge about the new girly-girl culture
-Peggy has a daughter of her own, and we get to experience the journey with her, as she learns raising a daughter to not be affected by society and stereotypes is a bigger challenge than she thought.
How the media establishes
stereotypes for young girls
compare and contrast
Compare & Contrast
An example of this is the 'new Dora' compared to the original Dora who is adventurous and has her map, backpack and animated friends. The original Dora also wore shorts and sneakers and had short brown hair. Peggy compares her to the new Dora, who is made to look a lot more glamorous. "... This Dora was, um, tall and elongated with long, luscious hair and rather than shorts and sneaks, she sported a fashionable pink baby-doll tunic with purple leggings and ballet flats... New Dora wasn’t sexy, not at all- she was pretty, and that prettiness was now inextricable from her other traits. No longer did she turn ‘gender portrayal’ on it’s head by ‘not looking perfect’. New Dora stands as a reminder to her rugged little sister that she better get with the program, apparently by age five.” (Peggy Orenstein, 42-43)
"The annual toy fair at New York's Javits Center is the industry's largest trade show, with 100 000 products spread over 350 000 feet of exhibition space. And I swear, at least 75 000 of those items were pink.... There were pink dinnerware sets emblazoned with the word princess; pink fun fur stoles and boas; pink princess beds; pink diaries; pink jewelry boxes; pink vanity mirrors, pink brushes, and toy pink blow dryers; pink telephones; pink bunny ears; pink gowns; pink height charts; a pink Princess and the Pea board game; and a pink toy washing machine."
"Then he shrugged. "I guess girls are born loving pink." Are they? Judging by today's girls, that would seem to be true- the colour draws them like heat-seeking missiles. Yet adult women I have asked do not remember being so obsessed with pink as children, nor do they recall it being so pervasively pimped to them. I remember thinking my fuchsia-and-white-striped Danskin shirt with its matching stirrup pants was totally bitchin', but I also loved the same outfit in purple, navy, green, and red (yes, I had them all- there must have been a sale at Sears)."
definition: "pertaining to a written exercise about the similarities and differences between two or more people, places, or things."
Peggy Orenstein uses comparing and contrasting to show how the media knows exactly how to target young girls in a way that seems innocent.
definition: "the formation of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things"
Peggy Orenstein uses Imagery to paint a picture in the readers mind of the setting and objects around her
Definition: "A writers attitude toward subject, audience and self."
Peggy Orenstein uses tone to strongly show the reader her beliefs towards a specific subject.