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Reviving Ophelia:
Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

by Mary Pipher

ISBN 1594481881 / 9781594481888 / 1-59448-188-1
Publisher Riverhead Trade
Language English
Edition Softcover
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At adolescence, says Mary Pipher, "girls become 'female impersonators' who fit their whole selves into small, crowded spaces." Many lose spark, interest, and even IQ points as a "girl-poisoning" society forces a choice between being shunned for staying true to oneself and struggling to stay within a narrow definition of female. Pipher's alarming tales of a generation swamped by pain may be partly informed by her role as a therapist who sees troubled children and teens, but her sketch of a tougher, more menacing world for girls often hits the mark. She offers some prescriptions for changing society and helping girls resist. [via]