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a wonderful treatment of the collective nightmare,
This review is from: Fast Girls: Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut (Hardcover)
wow. emily white has really put together a provocative book on this facet of the collective high school nightmare. after speaking with over 150 self-selected high school girls, white attempts to show that many of these girls came from similar backgrounds and suggests that there is an essential [jungian] archetype of the easy girl. while her theory has a few holes, she revives the feel of adolescence so vividly that her analytical transgressions are forgiven.
few of the questions white raises about the power of myth are original, but her pursuit of the real effect that this power has on individual lives is a refreshing change from statistics or rhetorical blather. the true stories are even more fascinating than the rumors that circulated earlier about these women, and white's storytelling is entrancing.
all in all, this is a page-turner that will give you a lot to think about. i hope i've learned a something about how it felt to be the most infamous girl in school, as well as a little lesson in tolerance and the aftermath of intolerance.