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Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls Paperback – August 1, 2005
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I now understand my own adolescence more than I ever did before. I have come to terms with issues in my own life, as well as recognizing the phenomenal job my parents did in raising me. I have identified potential areas to watch for in my own (future) daughters. I have been instilled with the desire to positively impact adolescent girls in any way I can now -- whether that be through babysitting, teaching, or just treating them with respect when they show up at the store in which I work.
I am grateful to Pipher for her interest in this subject, and the sensitivity which she exhibited in dealing with the clients who illuminate the pages of the book. I was moved to anger for the injustices our daughters are forced to endure, and fought back tears at the lack of love that many of them experience.
I was made aware of situations that I was not previously aware of: persistent yet quiet misogyny in the classroom, the self-detachment many girls undergo in order to be socially acceptable, and the simple persistence of terrible attitudes regarding sex & sexuality in our junior highs (and I was IN junior high in the early nineties!). I was reminded of cultural situations which HAVE bothered me: lookism, sexism, physical/emotional/sexual abuse.
Mostly, I have been moved from a state of defeated, dispassionate indifference to an inferno of anger against society's "junk values".
Please, if you deal with adolescent girls, read this book. It may save their lives.
thankfully i could write it out. i showed some of my work to my english teacher (whose is male by the way) and he told me to read this book. finally it all made sense, me and my friends and everyone around me (church, parents, school ETC.) was buying into the feminie myth which was only perpetuated byt the intense media with junk values.
i started wotking on myself slowly. everday i would focus on a piece of me and try to accept that piece of myself. EX: one day i would focus on accepting my hair, then the next day i would focus on my eyes, then my ears, and so on. as i began to accept the outside I grew and could accept the inside. i went from a weak girl who was eager to please and trying to be perfect to a secure young woman who could express myself in "un lady like" ways. basically i gave larger society the finger and found myself.
I WAS OPHELIA! i see them everday in school even though i'm a sophmore now. This book is truth plain and simple. It should be required reading for all adolescent girls.
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I agree with piper's idea that culture parents are everywhere. American stole the childhood.Published 2 months ago by Lelouch Britannia
Excellent read. This book gives light to the many struggles young girls faces. A must read for parents of girls.Published 2 months ago by DblEdge
A great book for all parents to read - with teenage daughters.Published 4 months ago by Clifford Pastor
I loved this book. It has great insight into the problems girls face in their development due to cultural and social influnces and what can be done to help them through this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alyssa LoCoco
What happened to the sweet little girl we knew so well? She entered a bewildering stage of her life who she became an adolescent. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MariLew