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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453788174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453788172
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Authentic Femininity and Authentic Love had been so distorted by our culture, media and marketing messages that girls grow up not even knowing what they really are. Parents are in the most powerful position to explore what the cultural and media messages are and what's wrong with them, as well as what's good and true. 
Take the journey with me. It's a lot of fun and there are a lot of laughs to be had. 

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The Girl Revolution: Forty Days of Love.

Join in The Girl Revolution in Forty Days of Love.

Spend forty days talking to your kids about what love is (and what it isn't) and showing them you love them.

More About the Author

Tracee Sioux is Mastress of Manifesation and creator of The Year of YES! coaching program at www.traceesioux.com. Her purpose is to free others to say YES! to their own Soul's purpose. Contact her directly at yes@traceesioux.com.

She is the author of The Year of YES! and host of Year of YES! Radio at www.True2YouRadio.com. Her work has been featured in New York Times Magazine, Forbes.com, and Today.com. Get a free sample chapter of The Year of YES! at www.yearofyesbook.com.

Finding herself divorced after a 12-year marriage, during which she had tanked her career for motherhood, Sioux found herself making $600 a month, taking craptastic piece writing work and feeding her kids from the food bank.

Yet, in the midst of her financial desperation she heard a promise from her Soul, "Follow me. I know where I'm going, I know the fastest, easiest way to get there. I will never, ever steer you wrong."

This experience led her to embark on a one-year commitment to say YES! to her Soul's Purpose. By the end of the year, Sioux had built a sustainable business, brought her income to six figures, lost three pants sizes, healed 40 years of pain and regret, explored sacred sexuality, and discovered what it meant to create an intentional autonomous life in her 40s.

Prior to The Year of YES! Sioux led The Girl Revolution, a movement to empower girls in the face of today's marketing and media messaging. She is the author of Love Distortion: Belle, Battered Codependent and Other Love Stories.

Sioux has worked as a journalist, blogger, and consultant for 17 years. She won the Utah State Newspaper Association Best Photography award and the Utah State School Board Association Award for Exceptional Journalism. She is known for her spiritual travel column Soul Trek, in Bella Spark Magazine. She is a featured essayist in PunditMom's Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. She has written for The Broad Side, get born magazine and Blog Fabulous.

Sioux holds a bachelors degree from University of Utah in creative writing and political science. Sioux lives with her two children in Colorado.

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It's also a very easy read.
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Needless to say I am very grateful for this book and will surely keep it on my shelf for when the time comes around.
John McAdam
I was, however, blessed with powerful female roles models, who grounded me as well as gave me wings to fly.
Cheryl Jensen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Campos on December 17, 2011
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Why the book is good: It is consistent in the messages that it tries to send, namely, that what pop culture is calling love is a sick glossed version of codependency, rape, self-abuse and deprecation. Sometimes it feels personal and anecdotal, but it still presents reasonable arguments. It's an easy read.

Now, why did it lost a star with me: I think she shouldn't turn a bind eye to the fact there are boys and men being abused by women, and that our culture also glorifies abuse when it's women on men as if it showed how the woman's supposed to be "sassy, a strong female character, assertive, outspoken", when, it's just abuse. In the end specifically there's an advice on how you should discuss with your daughters what they want on men, how to tell if they're abusive etc. The only times she mentions boys is how you should teach them to show their love properly, not be abusive etc.

It seems that still today we have this bad notion that only men are threats to their girlfriends, only they can be abusive, and we should focus on protecting our daughters. As if women were always good people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexis Saint, M.Ed., LPC on August 22, 2011
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As a psychotherapist who works with adolescents, and as the mother of a daughter, I found this book to be an education in how the love stories of our culture are marketed to our girls. The genius of Tracee Sioux's work is that she deconstructs the fairy tales the media tells our young women and she provides a path to healthy self-esteem through each story. Love Distortion empowers its readers to give voice to the language of positive relationships. This book provides a new perspective on our age old stories, and it is a valuable tool to equip our daughters to see what dysfunctional love looks like. Love Distortion is a wake-up call proclaiming that if we don't inform our girls about what makes a romantic relationship healthy, the distorted view of mass media will surely fill that void.
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Of course, of course, of course! Well written and fun to read. I highly recommend this book to all mothers grandmothers and teachers who care.
Anne-Marie Scherrer
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WomenAwaken.org
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By NHMom on January 3, 2013
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O.k. Raised a lot of great points with Disney Princess stories. Points I have passed considered myself. All mothers should read.
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If you adore fairy tales and read a princess story to your child at each and every bedtime, you may want to read Love Distortion. Tracee Sioux takes us past all the mush and fluff to the message behind some seemingly sweet and innocent fairy tales. Do you really want your daughter to think she should marry an angry, dangerous man who takes her hostage and that she can change him by just being kind and loving? This book really made me think about the way fairy tales and stories our children see and read every day can have a dangerous influence on their ideas about relationships, especially if they don't have many positive role models in real life.
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