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Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!) Hardcover – November 2, 2007

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About the Author

Carol Platt Liebau is a political analyst and commentator based near Los Angeles, California. She is a 1989 graduate of Princeton University, where she served as editorial chairman of The Daily Princetonian, and Harvard Law School, where she graduated in 1992 as the first female managing editor of The Harvard Law Review.

Carol has been a law clerk for Reagan appointee Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, legislative assistant to Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond of Missouri, a consultant to the 1994 Senate campaign of John D. Ashcroft, and policy advisor and counsel for Tom Campbell's U.S. Senate campaign in 2000. She also practiced appellate law for four years in her hometown of St. Louis. You can visit her on the Web at www.carolliebau.blogspot.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (November 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599956837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599956831
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Peterson on November 3, 2007
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Liebau's book is for anyone who cares about what is going on in American culture -- parent or not. It is extremely well-written, well-researched, and filled with important information about how American culture is shaping the lives of young women in the modern age. The book's premise -- that our culture's oversexualization has caused young women to believe that sexiness trumps intelligence and character -- may not seem at first to be a revolutionary one. But I suspect that most people over the age of 18 will be astonished to read this book's detailed presentation of the unique challenges faced by young women today. As a parent, the book is invaluable. For anyone who cares about what is going on in American culture, it is equally important. "Prude" is a very satisfying and enlightening book. Given the topic, it is also surprisingly entertaining.
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It's about time someone addressed the out of control teen sexual issue. As an elementary teacher I hear little girls and boys talk about sex and it break my heart. If I could afford it, I would pass out a copy of this book to every parent in my classroom. It is a must read for everyone, not just parents of young girls.
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I almost gave up reading Prude. I have read other books like this and have found they follow a fairly consistent pattern. The first few chapters are always the hardest to get through. Where my interest in this kind of book is in its cultural commentary and analysis, the initial chapters seem always to be filled with examples of sexual transgression. I suppose this is necessary to build the author's case that "our sex-obsessed cultural damages girls (and America too)." And so the first half of the book tells story after story and provides example after example of the moral decline of America. The author moves through web sites, magazines, television shows, popular music and fashion, showing how in each of these areas, girls are receiving damaging messages about their bodies and about sexuality. Television shows model sexual perversion as freedom and popular music objectifies both sex and sexuality. Web sites provide lurid details of base sexuality and consider it normal while the latest fashions seek to bare bodies for all to see. We know all of this, though there is still room to be shocked and disgusted. This continues for nearly 150 pages and by the end of the seventh chapter I had just about had enough. I put the book down.

But I picked it up again after seeing advertising for this book in Christian magazines and publications. It seems clear that, though this book is not published by a Christian imprint or by a Christian author (as far as I know), it is being marketed to Christians. And for that reason I thought I would read the second part and seek to understand how the author, Carol Liebau, analyzes all of these forces--what they mean and how they are affecting American girls.

Liebau does this over about 100 pages.
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Most adults have noticed that things have changed since we were kids, but this book shows us how these changes came about and how they are damaging our kids and our culture. The "anything goes" mentality that pervades pop culture hurts kids' self-esteem and leads them down paths they will later regret. The research and writing in this book are impressive, and although much of the news is grim, it shows parents specific, direct things they can do to help their kids through the mire they're faced with every day.
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I had high hopes for this book. I've read others like it that have made me really engaged and feeling like I have actually learned something about an important topic. Here is my recommendation. Read those books instead.

Unless you are interested in a book that uses hyperbole and fear to convince you that girls are innocent easily mislead creatures who have trouble making intelligent decisions and are being victimized and then turns around and says any female sexuality is all the girls responsibility, especially the effects it has on grown men and the nation as a whole. (what up rape culture!). Then you might be interested in this book.

Confusing and judgmental at best. At worst, this book has the potential to spark more feelings of shame, women against women competition, and misinformation to any woman, teen or otherwise, trying to navigate the already murky areas of growing up and finding ones place in the world, sexual or not.
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"Prude" is a great book for parents. I must say that my eyes were opened to some things I wasn't aware of, and knowledge is power, right? I would say, however, that if you have teenagers in your home, be careful about letting them read this book. It may give them new ideas of ways to be bad, or they may find the author's explicitness titillating. I did think she took some of her ideas a bit too far, but then perhaps I've just been tainted by our wicked society.
If you consider yourself "conservative" and wish our society would reign back a bit, you will probably appreciate the author's point of view. She demonstrates how our society has become overly sexualized, but also gives us hope that the pendulum may be starting to swing the other way. Overall, very beneficial, especially for parents.
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