9780060952976

Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self

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  • ISBN13:

    9780060952976

  • ISBN10:

    0060952970

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-05-01
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

At age sixteen, Sara Shandler read Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia, the national bestseller that candidly explored the unique issues that challenge girls in their struggle toward womanhood. Moved by Pipher's insight yet driven to hear the unfiltered voices of today's adolescent girls, Shandler yearned to speak for herself, and to provide a forum for other Ophelias to do so as well. A poignant collection of original pieces selected from more than eighthundred contributions, Ophelia Speaks culls writings from the hearts of girls nationwide, of various races, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Ranging in age from twelve to eighteen, the voices here offer a provocative and piercingly real view on issues public and private, from body image to boys, politics to parents, school to sex. Framing each chapter are Shandler's own personal reflections, offering both the comfort of a trusted friend and an honest perspective from within the whirlwind of adolescence. In these pages, you will see your best friend, your daughter, your sister--and yourself. At once filled with heartbreak and hope, in these pages Ophelia speaks.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: The View from Within the Whirlwind xi
Part One: The Body Under Assault
Media-Fed Images
3(8)
Eating Disorders
11(16)
Self-Inflicted Wounds
27(10)
Intoxication
37(17)
Rape and Sexual Abuse
54(11)
Part Two: Family Matters
Mothers
65(11)
Fathers
76(10)
Sisters and Brothers
86(9)
Disintegrating Foundations
95(8)
No Safe Place
103(11)
Pregnancy
114(6)
Death in the Family
120(17)
Part Three: The Best and the Worst of Friends
With the Support of Friends
137(10)
Friendship Lost
147(11)
When Friends Die
158(17)
Part Four: Touched by Desire
Innocent Attractions
175(9)
Seduced by Sex
184(6)
Diverse Sexualities
190(10)
Manipulated and Controlled
200(6)
Broken-Hearted Independence
206(17)
Part Five: Overcoming Obstacles and Coming into Our Own
The Academic Squeeze
223(9)
Depression and Therapy
232(14)
Race, Identity, and Prejudice
246(11)
Questions of Faith
257(10)
Feminist Pride
267(12)
Final Words 279(2)
Appendix A 281(2)
Appendix B 283

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