Reviving Ophelia

Reviving Ophelia

Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Book - 1995
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THREE YEARS ON THENEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER LIST AND MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION COPIES SOLD WhenReviving Opheliawas first published nearly a decade ago, the response was extraordinary--and Dr. Mary Pipher became one of the most sought-after speakers in the country. She posed the provocative question: Why are American adolescent girls falling prey to depression, eating disorders, and suicide attempts at an alarming rate? The answer hit a nerve. We live in a look-obsessed, sexist "girl-poisoning" culture. And despite the advances of feminism, girls continue to struggle to find their true selves. Here are girls' unmuted voices from the front lines of adolescence, personal and painfully honest. By laying bare their harsh day-to-day reality,Reviving Opheliaissues 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: 9780345418784
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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