Analysis Of ' Cinderella And The Princess Culture ' Essay

891 Words Oct 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Fairytales’, being around for several generations, have evolved through time and caught the attention of many folklorists, and demands an explanation of how feminism plays an essential role in today 's culture. Folklorist and author, James Poniewozik wrote, “The Princess Paradox” to raise an attempt to explain the “girls-kick-ass culture” (323). Peggy Orenstein published, “Cinderella and the Princess Culture” to examine and identify the belief of feminism within fairytales. Even though two different authors studied and evaluated the same topic, being feminism in fairytales, their approaches and conclusions on the topic tend to differentiate slightly, but also come to an agreeance in other areas.
Firstly, Poniewozik shows his concern about feminism among the culture of fairytales by warning people about the issue of “princesshood”. “It’s not the girl who must prove herself worthy of princesshood; princesshood must prove itself worthy of the girl” (325). However, Orenstein tends to struggle with the mental and physical health of women, believing what fairytales/princesshood have portrayed on the youth of today 's culture. “I have been taken by surprise by the princess craze and the girlie-girl culture that has risen around it” (327). Orenstein describes herself as a “feminist mother” (327) and believes that young girls should not all be looked at as pretty pink princesses, but as something more since the word “princess” is so broadly constructed and actually has no meaning.…

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