Comparative Critique Essay

902 Words Nov 24th, 2012 4 Pages
As a journalist and critic for Time Magazine, James Poniewozik concentrates on how the classic fairytale of Cinderella has been reinvented multiple times to correspond with the viewpoints of feminist authors. Poniewozik claims in his article "The Princess Paradox" that "girls choosing the fairy-tale ending is not such a bad thing" (667). However Peggy Orenstein, a contributing writer for The New York Times, would completely disagree with that statement. Orenstein stresses in her article Cinderella and Princess Culture that the "princess craze" and "girlie-girl" culture is ruining young girls as they feel constantly pressured to be perfect (673). Poniewozik and Orenstein have conflicting claims in their articles as both define …show more content…
Poniewozik briefly mentions the idea of nature or nurture which are innate qualities versus personal experiences or learned behaviors. This shows an example of his belief that it is a naturally occurring affair for young girls to want to be a princess or conform to Orenstein's idea of "girlie-girl culture" (667;671). Orenstein drifts more toward the idea of the nurture part as she says that the princess image has been thrown at girls since a very young age which is where she quotes Andy Mooney, a former Nike executive, "the meaning of princess is so broadly constructed that it actually has no meaning" (673). what Orenstein is referring to is how any girl could be referred to as "princess" another example of her "princess craze." Although Poniewozik and Orenstein both address some of the same topics and issues, their overall ideas of the "princess craze" are far different from one another. Orenstein is more negative toward the idea of princesses by taking a more feminist stance on the issue. Orenstein's highly feminist views are prevalent throughout her article and constantly adverting back to her belief that Cinderella has a negative impact on girls. Poniewozik, even though recognizing the feminist stance, still has a more positive outlook and believes it is a natural process for girls to go through a princess phase.

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Orenstein, Peggy.

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