Sunday, March 30, 2014

Reflection: Cinderella Ate My Daughter


“She is everything I would imagine my daughter would reject, would not in fact, ever encounter or even understand if she did, let alone embrace: the passive, personality-free princess swept off by a prince (who is enchanted solely by her beauty) to live in a happily-ever-after that he ultimately controls. Yet here was my girl, somehow having learned the pot line anyway, blissfully lying in wait for loves first kiss.” I think this quote is a great representation of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, and I thought it was important to include in my reflection of the article because it exemplifies that the story of snow white for example or any well-known fairy tale will be out there for every child to learn regardless if their parents try and stop them. This mother didn’t want her daughter to be just like every other kid who was sworn over by the stereotype that a handsome man will kiss you and sweep you off your feet.


This quote reminds me of the reading Unlearning the Myths that Bind us by Chritensen’s and how all of these myths blind us. Our society teaches us that learning about Cinderella or Snow White and this idea of a fairytale is so common and how society tells us what to believe or how to act. I think these two texts are so similar because Unlearning the Myths explains how society’s influence both adults and children in many ways even when we are unaware of it. Cinderella Ate My Daughter is a great example of how society sucks you in regardless if you do everything to protect your child from the common stereotypes (which is sad).

The article mentions how the word “Princess” is so broadly constructed that it actually has no meaning. I think girls associate the word princess to everything society displays it to be. I found it interesting how the article says that parents cannot resist these myths, I think the stereotype of princesses will forever be in your daughters head because of the world (sad). And it’s also important to remember that it’s not just girls falling into the categories of being brainwashed by Cinderella, but also boys are being exposed as well.