Girl Land

Girl Land

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The physical, emotional, and social milestones of every girl's life: what we've lost and gained in the 21st century.
Caitlin Flanagan's essays about marriage, sex, and families have sparked national debates. Now she turns her attention to girls: the biological and cultural milestones for girls today, and how they shape a girl's sense of herself.

The transition from girl to woman is an experience that has changed radically over the generations: everything from how a girl learns about her period to how she expects to be treated by boys and men. Girls today observe these passages very differently, and yet the landmarks themselves have remained remarkably constant-proof, Flanagan believes, of their significance. In a world where protections of girls' privacy and personal freedom seem to disappear every day, the ultimate challenge modern parents face is finding a way to defend both.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316065986
Branch Call Number: 305.2352 FLANAGAN
Characteristics: 209 p. ; 22 cm

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Jul 26, 2016

I found this little book interesting, and even if the writing was simple it was also like quiet, close conversation. It included some sentences that were a bit eye-popping, like "what if you gave a blow-job party and nobody came?", which, even in the context it was in - talking about a novel released during the oral-sex moral panic of the late 20th and early 21st century - was still a bit jarring, even hilarious. Some of the assertions are dangerously sexist though, such as when she writes that girls have more psychological intensity than boys, and saying it in way that suggests its a kind of superiority (she gives no reference to substantiate the assertion). It ends off giving some practical advice, including taking a look at internet porn (!?). On the whole, its an edifying book that was easy to read.

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