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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.
Rachel Simmons does an unbelievable job explaining the hidden nature of agression in girls.
If someone feels they are bullied because they feel they are "nerds," one can be sure that ANY EXCUSE they WANT is valid for bullies.
As others have mentioned, I also felt the book was a bit repetitive and did not flow in the way I would have liked.
I bought this book to help my teen process some of the behavior she sees around her - it wasn't very helpful to me as parent, and not appropriate for her. Read morePublished 10 days ago by factumpactum
The writing is exquisite, but the subject matter is gut-retching: girl aggression. I loved the way the author used language to emphasize the seriousness of what she is... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Barbara L
Went to a speaking apperance where I heard Rachel speak and decided to come home and order this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jill J Cordoni
Every educator, administrator and parent should read this book so we can address the Bullying issue among girls now! Read morePublished 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago by Tina Leggio