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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453788174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453788172
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,741,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a psychotherapist who works with adolescents, and as the mother of a daughter, I found this book to be an education in how the love stories of our culture are marketed to our girls. The genius of Tracee Sioux's work is that she deconstructs the fairy tales the media tells our young women and she provides a path to healthy self-esteem through each story. Love Distortion empowers its readers to give voice to the language of positive relationships. This book provides a new perspective on our age old stories, and it is a valuable tool to equip our daughters to see what dysfunctional love looks like. Love Distortion is a wake-up call proclaiming that if we don't inform our girls about what makes a romantic relationship healthy, the distorted view of mass media will surely fill that void.
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Why the book is good: It is consistent in the messages that it tries to send, namely, that what pop culture is calling love is a sick glossed version of codependency, rape, self-abuse and deprecation. Sometimes it feels personal and anecdotal, but it still presents reasonable arguments. It's an easy read.

Now, why did it lost a star with me: I think she shouldn't turn a bind eye to the fact there are boys and men being abused by women, and that our culture also glorifies abuse when it's women on men as if it showed how the woman's supposed to be "sassy, a strong female character, assertive, outspoken", when, it's just abuse. In the end specifically there's an advice on how you should discuss with your daughters what they want on men, how to tell if they're abusive etc. The only times she mentions boys is how you should teach them to show their love properly, not be abusive etc.

It seems that still today we have this bad notion that only men are threats to their girlfriends, only they can be abusive, and we should focus on protecting our daughters. As if women were always good people.
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If you adore fairy tales and read a princess story to your child at each and every bedtime, you may want to read Love Distortion. Tracee Sioux takes us past all the mush and fluff to the message behind some seemingly sweet and innocent fairy tales. Do you really want your daughter to think she should marry an angry, dangerous man who takes her hostage and that she can change him by just being kind and loving? This book really made me think about the way fairy tales and stories our children see and read every day can have a dangerous influence on their ideas about relationships, especially if they don't have many positive role models in real life.
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Planning to have little nippers of my own one day, I wanted to understand what went on in the mind of a child. I thought I knew everything but, after reading this book, I found that moreover I still have a lot to learn about being a parent! Needless to say I am very grateful for this book and will surely keep it on my shelf for when the time comes around.
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I thought this book gave a new and interesting perspective on implications we might be teaching our children by the media we let them watch. I am selective in the media I choose. But sometimes I don't analyze it beyond the usual - violence, sex and sexual inuendos, nudity, profanity, etc. This book helped me see that I need to look at the underlying messages and thoughts that are being taught. It's also a very easy read.
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