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Girlfighting : betrayal and rejection among girls

Author: Lyn Mikel Brown
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For some time, reality TV, talk shows, soap-operas, and sitcoms have turned their spotlights on women and girls who thrive on competition and nastiness. Few fairytales lack the evil stepmother, wicked witch, or jealous sister. Even cartoons feature mean and sassy girls who only become sweet and innocent when adults appear. And recently, popular books and magazines have turned their gaze away from ways of positively  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lyn Mikel Brown
ISBN: 0814799159 9780814799154
OCLC Number: 52311965
Description: xii, 259 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Bad girls, bad girls, whatcha gonna do? --
Reading the culture of girlfighting --
Good girls and real boys: preparing the ground in early childhood --
Playing it like a girl: later childhood and preadolescence --
Dancing through the minefield: the middle school years --
Patrolling the borders: high school --
From girlfighting to sisterhood --
This book is an action.
Responsibility: Lyn Mikel Brown.
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In opposition to other books available discussing how girls are mean to each other, this book looks at WHY girls act this way. The author looks at the images family and media inadvertenly send to  Read more...

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