America's adolescent girls are in crisis. Growing up in
a female body is more difficult today than ever before
because girls' bodies have changed and so has
American society. Menstruation and sexual activity
begin much earlier and there is also much greater
emphasis on the body as a way of defining the self.
Using intimate materials drawn from the unpublished
diaries of American girls, The Body Project provides
a lively and engaging story of how growing up as a girl
has changed over the past one hundred years, and why
the pressures on girls are now so intense.
Girls today grow up believing that "good looks"--rather
than "good works"--are the highest form of female
perfection. In the past, greater maternal involvment and
more single sex groups, such as the Girl Scouts,
supported the whole girl, placing greater emphasis on
internal rather than external qualities. But in the
twentieth century, that "protective umbrella"
disappeared, popular culture became more powerful,
and expectations about physical perfection increased
so that American girls came to define themselves more
and more through their bodies.
Today, the body has become most girls' primary
project, creating a degree of self-consciousness and
dissatisfaction that is pervasive and dangerous,
leading to the social and emotional problems identified
by Carol Gilligan, Mary Pipher, and Peggy Orenstein.
For everyone concerned with adolescent girls--parents,
teachers, librarians, physicians, nurses, and mental
health professionals--The Body Project is a "must"
read because it puts so many contemporary
adolescent issues in historical perspective.
A fascinating photo essay comprised of photographs,
advertisements and postcards shows how girls and
their bodies have changed since the nineteenth
century. From corsets to body piercing, the book
demonstrates how the preoccupation with the body has
intensified and why adolescent girls and their bodies
have born the brunt of social change in the twentieth
Although The Body Project acknowledges a problem,
it is still an entertaining read because it evokes so
many memories in the lives of girls and
women--particularly personal milestones such as first
periods, pimples, training bras, first dates, and sexual
awakening. The Body Project is perfect for generating
mother-daughter dialogue, and it is remarkable for its
insight about what adolescent girls have gained and
lost as American women shed the corset and the ideal
of virginity for a new world of dieting and body
sculpting, sexual freedom and self expression."
--Joan Jacobs Brumberg
Should be required reading for all parents of girls. Pretty up to date and good information. Your daughter will thank you for listening.Published 11 months ago by Tamatha B. Stout
This book is an easy-read. Perhaps it is because the stories shared by American Girls is relevant, so it seems as if you are never too far from your own thoughts in regards to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by KG
This book uses diary excerpts and other sources from the time to highlight how girls form the 1800s to now think about their body, sex, periods, and more. Excellently presented.Published 14 months ago by H. Culbertson
Great condition for an ex- library book. It really had no rips and was full in tact, exactly as advertised. Didn;t take long to get here either.Published 16 months ago by michaela simon
This is for English 102, the books condition is great. Fast arrival. I just dilike the subject matter I have to read.Published 16 months ago by Thorne
This was my first Kindle purchase and went well. I needed this book for a college class and I needed it that minute because I forgot to order it with my textbooks. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Eric D.