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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.
This should be required reading for all parents of girls while they are still little.. Once parents get a more clear picture of what's out there then they can choose a path to help... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Insightful and very well written. Opened my eyes to the problem of bullying in girls. A must read for anyone raising daughters.Published 15 days ago by susan park
Loved this book the first time and the updated edition is even better. Good condition.Published 25 days ago by Zoe
Pardon my feminism, but my goodness, there is an appalling amount of internalized sexism and flat-out girl hating in this book, and most disturbingly, there is no peer-reviewed... Read morePublished 1 month ago by hush
Nothing new that hasn't been covered to death elsewhere. Writing is dry, academic, and definitely not clear. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Another avid reader
Though the anecdotal information was well presented, the stories of girls treating each other badly are not as novel or unexpected as she seems to think; the book follows an... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ecallene
This book helped me to understand how teachers are oblivious to the abuse girls suffer from other girls and why girls seemed trapped. Read morePublished 6 months ago by catherine kirby