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Real Girl/Real World: Tools for Finding Your True Self Paperback – July, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Pr; 1 edition (July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580050050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580050050
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up-A hip, informative, and frank resource. Adopting the premise that "there's no one 'right' way to be," the authors address topics including self-image, eating disorders, menstruation, sexual activity, and feminism. Peppered throughout the text are extensive personal narratives from girls who share their own experiences that support or illustrate the authors' points. While similar titles don't usually include a discussion about feminism, this book has an entire chapter devoted to the history and development of women's rights and the current Grrrl movement. Extensive bibliographies and webliographies of recommended resources are included in each chapter and a complete, referenced bibliography is provided at the end. Resources vary from the sophisticated Camile Paglia to the standard The New Our Bodies, Ourselves (S & S, 1985) to the alternative 'zine Femme Flicke. Written in an intimate, chatty style, this title is a useful personal guide for teens.
Katie O'Dell Madison, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 9^-12. There is "no one right way to be." That's the theme of this scattershot but encouraging, frank, and approachable resource for young women that crisscrosses topics related to body image, self-esteem, and sexuality. The tone is casual, friendly, and feminist without being strident; but accessing information, which includes occasional historical perspective (on abortion, for example) and how-to's (unillustrated information on putting on a condom), isn't easy, as it is couched among dozens of personal comments, the real heart of the book. Of varying length and quite candid, the remarks give readers much to think about, and the authors have been careful to include voices that speak to different sides of compelling concerns--first-time sex, eating disorders, lesbian relationships. The last chapter is unusual for books of this kind: the authors restate the definition of feminism and relate it to young women today. Some data are old, and, unfortunately, descriptions are not included with the plentiful resources cited, which range from mainstream and lesser-known (I'm So Fucking Beautiful) periodicals to Web sites and adult and teenage books. Stephanie Zvirin

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
Want a book that will serve the facts up as they really are? Try out this book "Real Girl/Real World." This book covers a wide range of topics from anatomy to sexuality. I think it is probably most suited for high school age girls, and possibly college freshman who may need some enlightenment before leaving for school. For those out there who aren't lucky enough to have open parents to talk to, this book is essential for the facts and the "do"s and "don't"s of womanhood. I especially found the first chapter on the beauty standard interesting. The authors, Gray and Phillips, challenge society and propose suggestions that point to why women are the way they are. They talk about the role models of beauty, why beauty is perceived as important, and eventually come to conclude how useless the beauty standard really is. Filled with pictures and small boxes of cute side info, this book is a good read from cover to cover. I found that I could read it in one sitting without getting bored (which is better than any normal sex and sexuality "textbook" can say). I'd like to see this book become a standard on any shelf of textbooks in a health classroom. Cheers to Gray and Phillips!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a very valuable resource for teenage girls on the cusp of womanhood. The writing is accessible and addresses a wide spectrum of highly relevant issues, particularly ones that most girls are uncomfortable discussing with their parents. Parents: buy this book for your daughter and it may facilitate important discussions. Even if it doesn't, it is sure to answer questions that are on her mind, and yours. Bravo to Gray and Phillips!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
Beauty, body image, eating disorders, sexuality, and a myriad of complex associated issues fill the pages of this book. It's fact-filled and teen-friendly.
Nice touches include quotes from real girls. They are poignant and articulate: "It's upsetting to me that I wasted so much time and energy on anorexia." says one 17 year old. "The things that aren't perfect give you personality." says a 16 year old. "I stand up for myself when I need to." says a 14 year old.
Real Girl/Real World contains information, facts and resources in an easy-to-read style that doesn't talk down to young people. The authors define key terms, discuss different sides to some issues (Barbie, abortion), and insert brief case studies to illustrate important points.
There's straight talk about labels, such as sluts and studs, and each chapter includes books and resources for further information. Real Girl/Real World is a welcome addition to a teen's bookshelf. It's appropriate for approximately ages 13-21.
The book would make a great gift for a high school senior or college freshman!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
I am older than the target audience. But, frankly, I read it because as a young woman raised in the 1970s and 80s, there was no such book for me to read. I still have things to learn about the female anatomy, history of feminism, and other health and cultural topics that this colorfully written and instructive book offers. I WISH I HAD THIS 10 YEARS AGO! Today, I just hope parents, teachers, educators, and other adults in charge of teen girls will consider buying this book and giving it to a young woman they know. It will help that girl make informed choices and avoid merely guessing what's going on with her body or following the latest fad among peers. A must read for all adults who care about teenage girls and for those girls!
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