Peggy Orenstein’s “What’s the Problem with Cinderella?” article is about Disney princesses, and their focus on gender role for girls. Peggy Orenstein has a daughter of her own and doesn’t believe in princesses. So she explains the way people relate girls to princesses. It is important to note that not all girls like pink or princesses.
This article is about Peggy Orenstein’s daughter. Orenstein’s little girl is often assumed to be a princess fan or a pink lover. Orenstein’s daughter was 3 when she went to the Dentist. The dental surgeon said, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have you sit on my special princess chair so that I could sparkle your teeth?” Orenstein lost her cool and said: “It’s not 1950. Berkely is in California. It’s not wrong to like princesses. But no one should assume everyone does just because they are girls. The article discussed the ideas of princesses. They were asked what they liked, what their room should look like, and how they should be treated. Mooney’s interviews with reporters reveal that many girls like princesses as a child, but that this phase passes and they end up being lawyers, doctors, or mothers. Pink is the natural color of girls and boys. The article discusses eras like the women’s movements which fought for reproductive and social equality, as well as economic and legal equality. It is important to note that pink and princesses restored romantic fantasies and traditional feminine privileges. The article talks about a game that is available on Nintendo called Super Princess Peach. It shows many traits that both girls and boys have. It shows that princesses are capable of being athletic, intelligent and strong. Princess Peach runs in heels. Orenstein, while at the mall, saw Tinkerbell displayed on a wall. According to the article, “Disney Fairies will begin their rollout next year.” The line is aimed at girls aged 6-9 years old, just when they are ready to grow out of princesses.
When princesses came out in the beginning, pink was the predominant color. Disney Fairies introduced more colors as the years went by, such as Tinker Bell’s dress being green. Princess Tiara is also dressed in this color. Lavender or turquoise are other colors. Disney executives have said that fairies are better for older girls because they’re more sassy and like faires. Orenstein later picked her daughter up after school. Her daughter said, “Look Mommy, Ariel!” She was referring Disney ‘The Little Mermaid’. Orenstein’s daughters asked her mom about Princess Ariel. This article highlights the history of women’s right, barbie princess dolls, Garanimals, etc. It can be difficult for a girl raised as a unisex child to like both boy and girl things, such as princesses and cars.
The pressure of telling a young girl that she could be anything or do anything at any age or to tell them they are capable of anything will only confuse her, making her feel like she doesn’t know what is best for her. She wants her girl to concentrate on real-life career choices, not only be surrounded by princesses. Orenstein, at the very end of the article, kneeled on the floor to hug her daughter. Her daughter said: “But, Mommy?” and “When im grown up I will still be the fireman.”
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Orenstein, Peggy. “What’s Wrong With Cinderella?” The New York Times, The New York Times, 24 Dec. 2006, www.nytimes.com/2006/12/24/magazine/24princess.t.html