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Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher

Reviving Ophelia (original 1994; edition 2005)

by Mary Pipher

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Title:Reviving Ophelia
Authors:Mary Pipher
Info:Riverhead Trade (2005), Paperback
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Tags:girls, non-fiction, parenting

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Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher (1994)

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    Same Difference: How Gender Myths Are Hurting Our Relationships, Our Children, and Our Jobs by Rosalind Barnett (mollishka)
    mollishka: While this book is largely dedicated to destroying the myth that women and men are fundamentally different, it has near the end an entire chapter devoted to tearing apart Reviving Ophelia and girls' so-called "self-esteem dive." Any parent (with either boys or girls) should read this book.… (more)
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    Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self by Sara Shandler (twomoredays)
    twomoredays: If you're going to subject yourself to Pipher's damning work, you owe it to yourself to read this book. It's essays written by adolescent girls in response to Pipher's work.

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very interesting information about what teenage girls are going through these days. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
Read this while I was in college because it interested me (it wasn't assigned). Pipher provides answers to the mysterious (ridiculous) behavior of adolescent girls. Having been the most awful adolescent--a curse to a hopeful mother--I was definitely curious. If only my mother could have read this back then! This book explains it all; mostly the affect our society has on developing young girls. It seems I was destined to suffer from depression, low self-esteem, an eating disorder, and a toxic relationship with my mother (not her fault!) Pipher helps adolescents and their baffled, suffering mothers understand their problems, behaviors, and motivations. I recommend this book to this group as well as grown women who are interested in women's issues.
This particular copy has been lent to friend's aunt, who read it during a time of crisis with her own teenage daughter. (It helped, she says). She left it in the rain, which explains its appropriately warped body-- ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 14, 2015 |
If I have a daughter, I will have her read this book when she's a teen. I think all teens should read it- I wish I'd read it as a teen. It was fascinating and insightful. ( )
  t1bnotown | Jul 6, 2015 |
Approximately 1/3 of the way into this book, I nearly quit. It was highly repetitive; I felt like a lengthy magazine article could have covered the same material. As I got further into the problem-specific chapters, though, I began thinking more and more about my own experiences. I was 13 when this book was first published. I am very much a product of the culture Pipher was addressing. Her insights on family relationships in particular got me thinking. I found some of her cultural observations less interesting, more melodramatic. Overall, though, Pipher wrote an interesting book dotted with useful bits of advice without sounding like a self-help book or being overly preachy. I particularly appreciated her objective stance on adolescent drug and alcohol use--that not all of it is problematic or to be pathologized. ( )
1 vote The_Kat_Cache | Aug 5, 2014 |
Dr. Pipher shares her experiences of treating teenage girls in her psychology practice and gives practical advice to parents and other adults about what teenage girls are going through, how they think and how to help them through adolescence. As a teacher - I taught middle school for 13 years and now substitute in middle and high schools - and as a parent of two daughters - one who is 19 and one who is 10, I found the book to be very practical and helpful. ( )
  herdingcats | Jul 5, 2012 |
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This book was good, up until the chapter on "Sex and Violence" which turned out to be a bunch of rape stories that made me stop reading the book afterwards.
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At adolescence, says Mary Pipher, "girls become 'female impersonators' who fit their whole selves into small, crowded spaces." Many lose spark, interest, and even IQ points as a "girl-poisoning" society forces a choice between being shunned for staying true to oneself and struggling to stay within a narrow definition of female. Pipher's alarming tales of a generation swamped by pain may be partly informed by her role as a therapist who sees troubled children and teens, but her sketch of a tougher, more menacing world for girls often hits the mark. She offers some prescriptions for changing society and helping girls resist.

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Describes the psychological pitfalls faced by teenage girls growing up in a dangerous world in which violence, sexual harassment, eating disorders, promiscuity, and drug use have become the norm.

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