Cinderella Ate My Daughter

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Non-fiction essay on how the book Cinderella Ate My Daughter responds to societal issues. The new generation has been taken over by the poor representation of women and girls in the media, from television screens to magazines; women are portrayed as the weak and sensitive gender doing housework chores such as cooking or laundry. The topic of societal issues occurs in the book Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein. In the book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, by Peggy Orenstein, the author responds to societal issues like eating disorders and Disney’s impact on girls with research from psychological associations and real-life situations. Peggy says that the girlie girl culture we are living in is increasing issues like eating disorders, body weight issues and unsafe sexual behaviour. The author says “According to the American Psychological Association, the girlie-girl culture’s emphasis on beauty and play-sexiness can increase girls’ vulnerability to the pitfalls that most concern parents: depression, eating disorders, distorted body image, risky sexual behavior." (Orenstein, 6). Society expects females to beautiful and always strive to stay thin, therefore Peggy is going against those stereotypical views and saying that those unreasonable expectations are resulting in self-conscious girls with eating disorders, unsafe sexual practice and depression. Further on in the book, Peggy discusses how the emphasis on girl’s beauty from the culture that we live in is greatly inspired by Disney princesses promoting the idea that girls should be “the fairest of them all”. She says, “I have already grumbled about Disney’s Ariel, who gives up her voice to get a guy. What kind of message is that? I ask you.” (107) Ariel is willing to give up her voice to get the guy she likes, and so she has to rely on her appearance and look as pretty as possible to attract him. Disney is
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