Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wanted : Virtual Book Discussion

Hey guys!  Last year I read this awesome book:


The book is about what its title suggests-- a close examination of the "girly-girl" culture and the effects that it is having on our children.
"With the keen perceptions of a seasoned journalist, the emotional investment of a mother, and a wittiness that’s all her own, Orenstein ventures to the land of Disney and American Girl Place, visits the toy industry’s largest trade show, even braves a Miley Cyrus concert. She talks with historians, marketers, psychologists, neuroscientists, parents, and children themselves. She returns to the original fairy tales, seeks out girls’ virtual presence online, and ponders the meaning of child beauty pageants. In the process, she faces down her own confusion as a mother and woman about issues that rearing a girl raise about her own femininity." (source)
Interesting stuff, right?  Well, when I  previously read it, I read it on my own and I desperately wanted someone to talk to as I went through it.  I am in a mood to soon revisit it (after NaNo of course and after I've finished The Bible According to Mark Twain.)

My question is this: is anyone else interested in also reading the book?  We can discuss, dissect, and bounce ideas off of each other.  Andie @Inspiration Strikes in the Kneecaps and my friend, Krista have already decided they'd like to read the book-- it would be awesome if you'd join us.  Depending on how many people show interest- we can either create a message board, email chain, etc.

Shoot me an email or leave a comment if it's something you'd be interested in!


  1. So we don't have it at our local library, but there's a couple bookstores in my area that can probably get it in stock. If all else fails, Amazon.

  2. This sounds like a good book! but... I currently have about 17 books sitting in my living room that I need to read.

  3. Anonymous11/14/2012

    I'd love to. My daughter adores bugs, first and foremost. But freaking Ariel comes second, and it stresses me out. On the one hand, I want to make the kid happy, and if singing mermaids are what does it, then so be it. On the other hand, ya know, yeah. Shoot me an email if you get down on this.


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