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Fast Girls : Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut (edition 2002)

by Emily White

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Title:Fast Girls : Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut
Authors:Emily White
Info:Scribner (2002), Hardcover, 224 pages
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Fast Girls: Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut by Emily White



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Through interviews with women and girls, and citing various published works, the author examines the archetype of the school slut and discusses the settings that lead to kids labeling a girl with that role and torturing her about it. Suburban boredom, fear of loneliness or not being part of a group, and sexual abuse are among the issues discussed as roots of the problem.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Depressing and thought-provoking, and an affirmation of some of my own reasons for disliking the suburbs and high school, in that order ( )
  jonathon.hodge | Feb 28, 2009 |
You know, I've had this book for a LONG time, yea...bad me. I really wanted to read this, but something else always seemed to be coming up that NEEDED to be read, and so it kept getting put off. I also really wanted to like and be moved by this book, but something about it just wasn't very compelling.

I agree with much of what the White says, but I think because as she says herself, she as a fascination with the H.S. Slut (as a person and as a cultural image) but no direct experience with it, this reads more like an uninvolved and very shallow examination of this phenomenon.

At the end, I felt like she has said the same exact thing over and over and never really made any serious examination of the subject beyond shallow voyeurism on her part. It's not badly written and I don't think she's reached inaccurate conclusions...but at the same time I felt like she didn't really take this very far, that she really only gives a surface picture of the subject and never really gets down to the meat of it, never really "gets herself dirty with it" or makes any personal connection with it beyond a mild "fascination" with the subject and I thing that really shines through more than anything else about the book. ( )
  the_hag | Jan 22, 2008 |
This is a research book, not a YA book. Emily White examines the use of the term "slut" throughout the teen years. She gives anecdotes from several girls who were labeled as such. This book was interesting but I was a little disappointed that she didn't delve into the origins of the term. She does give some social reasons as to why girls are labeled as such but I would have liked her to focus more on this. It's an ok look into the behavior of teens but not what I'd hoped to get from the book. ( )
  ShellyPYA | Aug 23, 2007 |
A study of what appears to be a junior high/high school phenomenon, White looks at it from many angles--mythological, psychological, feminist, class-based and racial, to name a few. A terrific overview to start, thought-provoking, there is a bibliography for those who wish to explore the topic (from any angle) further. ( )
  Queenofcups | Mar 19, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425191761, Paperback)

Whether viewed as villain or victim, outcast or rebel, the High School Slut remains a figure of fascination--and more than a touch of fear. Full of quirky insights into sexual standards and practices, Fast Girls is a journey into the dark side of the teenage years, a revealing study of American society.

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Explores why the high school slut has become a universal figure and stereotype, explaining the role girls with a bad reputation play in high school dynamics, and identifying common threads in their lives and experiences.

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