Reviving Ophelia

Reviving Ophelia

Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Book - 1995
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Why are more American adolescent girls prey to depression, eating disorders, addictions, and suicide attempts than ever before? According to Dr. Mary Pipher, a clinical psychologist who has treated girls for more than twenty years, we live in a look-obsessed, media-saturated, "girl-poisoning" culture. Despite the advances of feminism, escalating levels of sexism and violence--from undervalued intelligence to sexual harassment in elementary school--cause girls to stifle their creative spirit and natural impulses, which, ultimately, destroys their self-esteem. Yet girls often blame themselves or their families for this "problem with no name" instead of looking at the world around them. Here, for the first time, are girls' unmuted voices from the front lines of adolescence, personal and painfully honest. By laying bare their harsh day-to-day reality, Reviving Ophelia issues a call to arms and offers parents compassion, strength, and strategies with which to revive these Ophelias' lost sense of self.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1995.
ISBN: 9780345392824
Characteristics: 304 p. ;,22 cm.


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Aug 07, 2014

Full disclosure - I am male. I think every mother of girls should read this book. Perhaps a little dated (really?) but I suspect things for girls have only gotten worse what with princesses, pink, over-sexualization and, according to a CBC documentary, that the major consumers of pornography are boys and girls 12 to 14. There is a War Against Boys (book title - read it) as well; heck, there is a war against everybody by our soulless consumer culture and it is time to stand up against it and start by taking better care of our children. Read this!

My next read is The Triple Bind:
Saving Our Teenage Girls From Today's Pressures

Apr 14, 2014

Great book, gives valuable insight of how empathy and kindness helps struggling teen girls overcome all kinds of issues ranging from self-harm to depression to body image issues.

penpencil22 Jun 24, 2011

a little dated, but still an interesting read with great advice.

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