Friday, May 27, 2011
A Book to Think and Talk About
It's been a while since I've recommended a book or other media on Friday. Today I'm recommending the book Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein. If you have a daughter younger than 10 or 11 or work with girls between 2 and 12, I think it is a must read.
I think it speaks so much about how our girls are being viewed and objectified as consumers. I also think it speaks deeply and profoundly to viewing all children primarily as mini-consumers. This frightens me, because it rings so true with what I witness around me. As a woman who does not have a cell phone, cable TV or an ipod, I've been struck by how many of those and other tech gadgets the 9 and 10 year olds I work with own, view as essential, bring to school, and toss around.
I think this book is worth the read, whether you agree with the author or not. And the concepts discussed are worth some thought and discussion.