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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Northfield Publishing; 1st edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802462987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802462985
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JOE S. MCILHANEY JR., M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist. In 2001, Dr. McIlhaney was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He also serves on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. McIlhaney has co-authored over six books including Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children, and 1001 Health-Care Questions Women Ask. Dr. McIlhaney resides in Austin, Texas with his wife, Marion.

FREDA MCKISSIC BUSH, M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and a partner in private practice with East Lakeland OB-GYN Associates in Jackson, Mississippi. She currently serves as Medical Director of the Center for Pregnancy Choices Metro Jackson and the Henry M. Johnson Women's Resource Crisis Pregnancy Center. Freda spends much of her time speaking on sexuality and social behavior education. Her passion is to help women "raise a standard" to become who they were created to be. To that end, she teaches and encourages a lifestyle of abstinence until marriage and fidelity within marriage. She co-authored her first book, Hooked, with Dr. Joe S. McIlhaney, in 2008.

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If you have adolescent or teen daughters, you need to read this book!
Joan N.
What Girls Uncovered does say is that abstaining from premarital sex is in a teenage girls best interest physically.
Stay in the Car Mom
I also thought it was good that the authors included a chapter just for girls to read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr Conrade Yap on January 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a bold book with a provocative title. Copyrighted by the Medical Institute of Sexual Health, based in El Paso, Texas, this book brings together scientific research on the physiological aspects of teenagers, primarily girls, and connects the findings to how the modern sexualized culture tries to manipulate and take advantage of young women.

The motivation behind the book is to sound the alarm on uncritical acceptance of cultural propaganda of free sex, premarital affairs, early sexual activities, and of course the dangers and consequences of such actions. It attempts to enhance the self-esteem of girls by re-aligning girls back to a more holistic view of their sexuality. It also seeks to protect girls from being easily manipulated by lustful boys and opportunistic marketers of commercial businesses.

What does it mean to be a person grounded in what is more important in life? What are some of the lies that the media, the culture at large, and misinformed people are telling young girls?

Piece by piece, the authors uncover some scientific evidence that the physiological changes that happen to girls between the ages of 13-25. They talk about the dangers of sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs) as well as early pregnancy especially when the youths are not prepared. Chapter 6 is the key chapter that points out the 'biochemistry of connection,' that highlights how hormones like oxytocin, estrogen, dopamine, pheromones, excite the person to desire more emotional attachment. What really drives home the point is this:

"The brain can't tell the difference between a broken bone and a broken heart. It hurts just the same.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joan N. on February 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Do you sometimes wonder what impact today's sexualized culture has on young girls? As parents, have you wondered how to guide your daughter to a godly adulthood?
McIlhaney & Bush have written this book to help parents do just that. The authors are obstetricians who have taken care of hundreds of girls and the sexual issues they have to confront. They both have daughters, so they speak from both professional and personal experience.
They have seen that engaging in sex at a relatively young age is not in young women's best interest. Young women themselves say current sexual norms don't lead to the health and well-being they want. The authors have seen too many young women give up their dreams because of pregnancy at a young age. The authors help parents fully understand the sexual culture their daughters are facing.
The authors write of the physiological vulnerability of girls. They discuss the effect of technology, the sexual content in media, the facts about teen sexual activity, hooking up, the role of alcohol, the danger of STIs (infections that frequently do not have noticeable symptoms - this section was enlightening and heartbreaking), pregnancy and its impact on teens, failure rate of contraceptives, emotional attachment produced by the intense brain experience of sex, increased likelihood of suicide among sexually active teens (than their virgin counterparts), the negative correlation between premarital sex and satisfying marriages. They also look at the lies this sexualized culture throws at girls. The authors have included information from the latest studies on sex, teens, physiology, etc.

The authors want to see parents help their daughters be grounded, discover who they are, not what pop culture tells them they should be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justin Farley on February 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I would recommend a book written by Joe S. McIlhaney Jr., Freda McKissic Bush, and Stan Guthrie titled, "Girls Uncovered: New Research on What America's Sexual Culture Does to Young Women." I was provided a copy of the book in a special pre-release directly from Moody Publishers for review purposes. You can pre-order a paperback copy for under $10 [...]

The most enlightening chapter was focused on emotional attachment. The authors mention the power behind the hormone known as oxytocin which "is released when a women is in labor. It circulates via the blood to her uterus and helps make her contractions strong enough to push her baby out. But oxytocin doesn't stop there. It continues to be produced after delivery. It causes the mother's milk to be 'let down' and continues to do so for as long as she nurses. But from birth on oxytocin plays yet another amazing role: It appears to help the mother 'connect' or 'bond' with her baby. It has been shown that when the baby and mother are skin to skin immediately after birth, a large amount of oxytocin releases from the mother's pituitary. This seems to facilitate bonding to the baby" (60)."

The authors suggests, "It is not just a play on words to say that sex and connectedness are integral to each other. As a matter of fact, sex IS an intense experience in the mind - an experience of deep connection. We mentioned earlier that oxytocin is released when a baby and mother are skin to skin, and that oxytocin causes an intense emotional attachment. Interestingly, oxytocin does not only release into a woman's body when a baby is born. It also happens when she has close physical contact with a man, such as hugging, holding hands, massaging, or cuddling - and, of course, during sex.
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