Book reviews: The lash or the eyelashes

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April 10, 2011
The American Prospect
by Sarah Blustain  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"It's hard to read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua's memoir of her descent into sadistically disciplined parenting, as anything other than a fabulously successful publishing hoax. In case you missed the hoopla, this story of harsh, ambitious, and unrelenting parenting has turned Chua, a Yale Law professor, into the woman everyone either loves to hate or wants to emulate. ... The value of some toned-down version of Chua's crazy discipline comes more clearly into relief when you look at the cultural context explored in Peggy Orenstein's Cinderella Ate My Daughter. Orenstein's book is a worrywart's guide, a 10-chapter tour of the dangers our little princesses face as they walk through the modern forest of hypersexualization and media saturation. It is, I think, also a failed effort to stake out feminist territory against that culture." (04/08/11)  

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