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Peggy Orenstein On Girlie-Girl Culture

Steve Scher
02/15/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

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'Cinderella Ate My Daughter:' Parents of young girls have likely marveled — or shuddered — at the sea of sparkling pink princess gowns, tiaras and tutus on display in every toy and clothing store. Pink is so common it might seem like the only choice. Writer and parent Peggy Orenstein was curious how this girlie–girl culture might affect her daughter. She found a commercial brand of femininity that sells girls at ever–younger ages on beauty, self–image and all the attention that being a little princess brings. But with girls competing academically and physically with boys, is it an overreaction to get hung up on what might just be a harmless, fun color?

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Adam Ashton covers the military for The News Tribune.

Peggy Orenstein is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and author of "Waiting For Daisy," "Schoolgirls" and "Flux." Her newest book is "Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From The Frontlines Of The New Girlie–Girl Culture" is out in paperback.

Steve Duno has trained thousands of dogs and a good number of cats. He is the author of 18 books. His latest is "Last Dog On The Hill: The Extraordinary Life of Lou."

Flavio is the eldest dog in the Duno family and is currently 14 and a half!

Mary Lindquist is president of the Washington Education Association, the state teacher's union.

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