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The author, who visited 30 schools and talked to 300 girls, catalogues chilling and heartbreaking acts of aggression, including the silent treatment, note-passing, glaring, gossiping, ganging up, fashion police, and being nice in private/mean in public. She decodes the vocabulary of these sneak attacks, explaining, for example, three ways to parse the meaning of "I'm fat."
Simmons is a gifted writer who is skilled at describing destructive patterns and prescribing clear-cut strategies for parents, teachers, and girls to resist them. "The heart of resistance is truth telling," advises Simmons. She guides readers to nurture emotional honesty in girls and to discover a language for public discussions of bullying. She offers innovative ideas for changing the dynamics of the classroom, sample dialogues for talking to daughters, and exercises for girls and their friends to explore and resolve messy feelings and conflicts head-on.
One intriguing chapter contrasts truth telling in white middle class, African-American, Latino, and working-class communities. Odd Girl Out is that rare book with the power to touch individual lives and transform the culture that constrains girls--and boys--from speaking the truth. --Barbara Mackoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fantastic book on this hidden culture... Also, a great read to get an understanding for phenomenology research!Published 7 days ago by phinco
Women have the potential to be aggressive and nasty, especially to other women. This paints a picture.Published 1 month ago by whitepawn
This book is an eye opener - even though I experienced the reality of mean girl behaviors (to me and by me); I didn't know how to articulate and process it in a healthy way with my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by barb g
As a middle school teacher, the way girls interact is a deep concern. All girls should feel safe at school especially from "friends"Published 3 months ago by Robyn Mikunda
This should be required reading for all teachers, school principals, parents! Everyone!Published 4 months ago by Sprinks
A thorough treatment of the problem of bullying. It remains always close to the real problems of victims, to their suffering and isolation. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Clive Carthew