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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.
Every educator, administrator and parent should read this book so we can address the Bullying issue among girls now! Read morePublished 18 days ago by D Golden
This book should be required reading for all teachers, especially male teachers. It paints a picture of girl fighting so clearly, I thought the author had researched my own life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amy Jahr
Excellent resource for any one young girls in their life. The struggles and challenges they face are magnified in todays social media obsessed world.Published 1 month ago by Allison D'Aurizio
Understanding what social aggression is, helps to understand how to deal with it. This book does a great job of defining the roles of girls in the school culture. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Deborah
Taken as it was intended, a psychological study, this book is completely invalid. The author was simply to young to understand how to conduct and then relate a real psychological... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jjcoltan
This book took me straight back to my childhood and to how it affects my friendships with other women today.Published 3 months ago by Tina Leggio
This is an insightful book about behavior that all females experience and very few talk about. It applies not only to school kids but also in the work place and with school... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael P. Banigan
Very honest, well written, and though-provoking. Throughout this book, I found myself thinking of my own or a friend's stories. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kristin Bigham
Social reality has ego boundaries that put writers up against irony when the truth hurts. I have a large collection of rejection slips from publishers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bruce P. Barten