Don't Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life

Don't Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life

by Peggy Orenstein


View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


The New York Times bestselling author of Girls & Sex and Cinderella Ate My Daughter delivers her first ever collection of essays—funny, poignant, deeply personal and sharply observed pieces, drawn from three decades of writing, which trace girls’ and women’s progress (or lack thereof) in what Orenstein once called a “half-changed world.”

Named one of the “40 women who changed the media business in the last 40 years” by Columbia Journalism Review, Peggy Orenstein is one of the most prominent, unflinching feminist voices of our time. Her writing has broken ground and broken silences on topics as wide-ranging as miscarriage, motherhood, breast cancer, princess culture and the importance of girls’ sexual pleasure. Her unique blend of investigative reporting, personal revelation and unexpected humor has made her books bestselling classics.

In Don’t Call Me Princess, Orenstein’s most resonant and important essays are available for the first time in collected form, updated with both an original introduction and personal reflections on each piece. Her takes on reproductive justice, the infertility industry, tensions between working and stay-at-home moms, pink ribbon fear-mongering and the complications of girl culture are not merely timeless—they have, like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, become more urgent in our contemporary political climate.

Don’t Call Me Princess offers a crucial evaluation of where we stand today as women—in our work lives, sex lives, as mothers, as partners—illuminating both how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062688903
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 790,453
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Peggy Orenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of Boys & SexDon’t Call Me Princess, Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, and Schoolgirls. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and Afar, she has also been published in New York, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and other publications. Her TED Talk has received over five million views. She lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter. 

Table of Contents

Introduction: Two Girls in a Room ix

Part 1 Starlets, Scientists, Artists, Activists & Other Noteworthy Women

Atsuko Chiba: The Nonconformist 3

Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan: Ms. Fights for Its Life 15

Phoebe Gloeckner: A Graphic Life 41

Gaitlin Moran: They Don't Make Feminists This Outrageous Anymore 53

Elizabeth Blackburn: Why Science Must Adapt to Women 65

Miranda Cosgrove: The Good Girl 77

Katherine Mary Flannigan: The Story of My Life 95

Part 2 Body Language

Does Father Know Best? 109

Thirty-Five and Mortal: A Breast Cancer Diary 117

The Problem with Pink 147

Mourning My Miscarriage 171

Baby Lust 185

Breast Friends 191

Put to the Test 203

What Makes a Woman a Woman? 213

Call of the Wild 219

Part 3 Not Your Mama's Motherhood

The Perfect Mother Trap 233

Your Gamete, Myself 245

Bringing Down Baby 273

Where I Got Daisy 279

The Femivore's Dilemma 285

Part 4 Girls! Girls! Girls! (And one About Boys)

Children Are Alone 291

What's Wrong with Cinderella? 319

Playing at Sexy 337

The Hillary Lesson 341

The Empowerment Mystique 345

The Fat Trap 351

The Battle over Dress Codes 355

Our Barbie Vaginas, Ourselves 359

When Did Porn Become Sex Ed? 365

How to Be a Man in the Age of Trump 373

Acknowledgments 379

Customer Reviews