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New Book: “Cinderella Ate My Daughter” Blames Disney Princesses for Lost “Girl Power”

Posted on January 25 2011 4:00 pm
Suzanne Venker, a.k.a. "No Bull Mom," is an author, blogger, and speaker. You can find her at
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What’s the first thing you felt when you set eyes on your baby for the first time? I suspect my emotions were no different from yours. You probably marveled at what you created — and then experienced an overwhelming feeling of love and responsibility.

I presume gender roles were not on your radar screen.

But, of course, you’re not Peggy Orenstein, author of the new book Cinderella Ate My Daughter. Her feelings as a new mother were vastly different from normal people’s.

There’s that first moment when you hold your little girl in your arms, and you look down at her and you think, ‘I don’t want my daughter to think there’s anything she can’t do because she’s a girl, and I don’t want her to think there’s anything she has to do because she’s a girl.

For female leftists, everything is about girl power — even when it’s not. Consider this statement by feminist activist and philanthropist Barbara Lee in response to the shooting of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:

The Tucson tragedy has caused us as a nation to reflect on civility, the wonders of modern medicine, and the power of our collective prayers. But what about “girl power”? What does women’s leadership mean for our country?

It never ends. It’s just a cycle — from birth to death — about American women’s victimization.

According to Orenstein, the victimization begins with Disney princesses. Princesses, she says, promote the idea that girls should wait around for a man to rescue her—and we can’t have this old-fashioned notion going on in girls’ heads. Rather, girls should play with Tonka trucks and wear railroad hats so they get the message they can do and be whatever they want – just like boys can. Cause, you know, boys have it all.

In addition to suggesting parents “not put their daughters in little pink boxes,” Orenstein says parents shouldn’t be so quick to say no to their daughters. If they do, they’ll restrict a girl’s choices in life.


Feminists make no sense. If they had their way, the next stop on the road to equality would be Neuterland.

Dear Left-Wing Ladies: Find something constructive to do with your lives, wouldya?

Suzanne Venker is co-author of the forthcoming book The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know – and Men Can’t Say (WND Books). Her website is

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