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Dilemmas of desire : teenage girls talk about sexuality

Author: Deborah L Tolman
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Secondary (senior high) school : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Be sexy but not sexual. Don't be a prude but don't be a slut. These are the cultural messages that rain down on teenage girls. In movies and magazines, in music and advice columns, girls are portrayed as the object or the victim of someone else's desire - but virtually never as people with acceptable sexual feelings of their own. What teenage girls make of these contradictory messages, and what they make of their  Read more...
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Tolman, Deborah L.
Dilemmas of desire.
Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)654394715
Material Type: Secondary (senior high) school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah L Tolman
ISBN: 0674008952 9780674008953 9780674018563 0674018567
OCLC Number: 223215340
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 259 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. Getting beyond "It Just Happened" --
2. Voices of Desire --
3. Sounds of Silence --
4. Dangers of Desire --
5. Parameters of Pleasure --
6. Geographies of Desire --
7. Speaking of Desire.
Responsibility: Deborah L. Tolman.

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A look into the world of adolescent sexuality, this text offers an intimate and often disturbing, sometimes inspiring, picture of how teenage girls experience, understand and respond to their sexual  Read more...

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"Girls are the objects of boys' sexual desires and have no desires of their own." In this provocative study, Tolman...turns this notion upside down. Basing her research on extensive interviews with Read more...

 
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