I’ll be reading from my short story, “Dorian in Germany” on May 9th at 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in SoHo. Please stop by and say hello!
Read my entire review of Peggy Orenstein’s fourth book about princess culture on Bookslut.
Peggy Orenstein’s fourth book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, chronicles the author’s journey through America’s princess culture with her young daughter, Daisy. Beginning with Disney princesses, Orenstein comes to examine American Girl dolls, the “tween” market, Miley Cyrus, social media, beauty pageants, and of course, Barbie, all in the united effort to best understand the decisions she is making for her daughter. Acknowledging early on in Cinderella Ate My Daughter the tumultuous battlefield of potential body issues, poor self-esteem, rampant sexism, and gender essentialist impositions, Orenstein opens her book with an awareness for the road ahead in raising a girl.
Tags: American Girl doll, Barbie, beauty pageant, Bookslut, childrearing, Cinderella Ate my Daughter, daughter, Disney, family, female roles, feminism, identity, motherhood, parenting, Peggy Orenstein, princess, princess culture, self-esteem, sexism, tween, women in media
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Feminist writer and activist Maxine Hong Kingston talks to me about using Walt Whitman as a character, why she loves Virginia Woolf, and superstitions about writing on SMITH magazine.
Tags: classic literature, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, Kate Millet, Kate Millet Flying, Maxine Hong Kingston, Maxine Hong Kingston interview, Memoir, Orlando, SMITH magazine, superstition, vanity, Virginia Woolf, Walt Whitman, women's personal writing, writing
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