Girl Trouble: Panic and Progress in the History of Young Women
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Girl Trouble: Panic and Progress in the History of Young Women

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Horror, scandal and moral panic! The popular fascination with the moral decline of young women has permeated society for over a hundred years. Be it flappers, beat girls, dolly birds or ladettes, public outrage at girls' perceived permissiveness has been a mass-media staple with each changing generation.

Eminent social historian Carol Dyhouse examines what it really means...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Zed Books (first published January 1st 2013)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Girl Trouble, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Girl Trouble

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,263)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
This is a thoroughly researched and well written insight into the changing (and not changing) attitudes of women, primarily in the UK but with references to the USA. This book shows how far women have come in some areas and how little has changed in others, particularly how the media and society as a whole responds when women act how they want to and not how they are told to (very familiar with this...). Dyhouse manages to keep much of her writing a little light-hearted given the subject matter...more
Excellent, as expected of Dyhouse. It's difficult to describe her prose without sounding like I'm damning it with faint praise: it's so lucid and economical and effortlessly enjoyable to read it's too easy to overlook the truly impressive scholarship and research behind every sensible, balanced sentence. This is a great overview/introduction to these themes, though having read her Glamour: Women, History, Feminism and Girls Growing Up in Late Victorian and Edwardian England, many elements (and s...more
This was a really interesting and pretty intense look at the changing lives of young women in (mainly) the united kingdom and the united states. It looks at all aspects of their lives, from the changing attitudes towards marriage and education, to the public responses to what they saw as wild young women. From flappers to ladettes, this book shows how the public perception of young women often differed from reality, double standards between the sexes were rife and young women had to fight every...more
rachael gibson
As other reviewers have said, the best thing about this book is how it takes some difficulty and complex theories and turns them into easily understandable ideas - it's not a difficult read at all. What is difficult is the depressing truths within and seeing how little has changed in some aspects...
So very good, such an amazing mass of research so engagingly written, such important debunking of pervasive popular preconceptions and nostalgic visions.
Finished Girl Trouble as it is only from the perspective of Britain it is a little restrictive. It would be interesting to know about a book that covered many countries into one. In the part focusing on the 19th and early 20th centuries I have to admit I was sceptical. However, I have not made that time period a study of mine, altho' I have not come across the newspaper headlines in any of the things I have read. But as I have not seen all the editions of The Women's World, from the mid 1880s I...more
This book about social obsession with the conduct of women and girls from the Victorian era to the present is well written and thoroughly footnoted and indexed. Its main focus is on Britain, but it references similar situations in the US. Some of it was familiar territory (fears that educating girls and young women would flatten their chests and shrivel their ovaries, unfitting them for motherhood--or, if it didn't do that, it would make them so strong minded and unwomanly that no man would want...more
This book provides a history of the obsession with the conduct of young women, which has been a constant throughout history, from the Victorian era to the present. It's divided into several sections focusing on a particularly topic, and each of those sections are presented in chronological order.

I found the book extremely well-written and organized. Dyhouse is a balanced commentator, pointing out studies which are limited and drawing attention to differing views, especially on current events in...more
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. The topic isn't one I'd read much about previously, but it sounded interesting. This book is eye-opening and extraordinarily well-researched. It chronicles the social history of young women throughout the past century, and I was struck by how well the author analyzed social changes that I'd lived through, but hadn't given much prior thought to. Personally, I would have preferred more first-hand accounts, such as interviews or diary entries...I wanted to g...more
Controlling the behavior of girls and young women has been the concern of societies from the beginning of recorded history, and this entertaining social history of British women in the 20th Century demonstrates that despite giant strides that women have have made in the past 100 years, there are still biases and prejudices that die hard.

Told with illustrative examples from popular literature, films and television. This book is an easy fascinating read. It's interesting to see the parallel tracks...more
Rachael Eyre
A hugely accessible and readable social history. Highly recommended for a quick overview of the British feminist movement. I'll definitely read more of her books.
An interesting and well written book about young women and feminism from suffragettes to now. It wasn't what I expected but I couldn't put it down. I learned a lot and it made me think about my position of being a woman today. While it tries to be academic, there are moments of pure opinion that I personally didn't care. They make me take the text less seriously. Otherwise a good beginner feminist novel.
I enjoyed reading about Girl Trouble. It made me wonder how active were my female ancestors in the suffrage movement and as I have found the voter lists for my great grandmother and great great grand mother, I would like to believe they were very active.
Loved it.
To me it's obvious that maybe, just maybe, people (male and female) should stop telling girls what to do, how to act, who to be and just let them do as they feel best.
Aimee Georgeson
Written by a historian so a bit dry but very informative if a little narrow in focus. 2.5 out of 5
this was a hard book to het into so I put it down after a few chapters into the book
fascinating history. Makes me appreciate the opportunities I have today.
loved this summary by a tutor of mine from Uni many years ago
I would enjoy reading an American counterpart to this.
Lusana T
Lusana T marked it as to-read
Sep 15, 2014
Kelly marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2014
Hannah marked it as to-read
Sep 12, 2014
Sophie is currently reading it
Sep 12, 2014
Toni White
Toni White is currently reading it
Sep 05, 2014
Lp marked it as to-read
Aug 27, 2014
Kelly Evans
Kelly Evans marked it as to-read
Aug 27, 2014
Victoria marked it as to-read
Aug 24, 2014
Laura marked it as to-read
Aug 22, 2014
Rebecca is currently reading it
Aug 21, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 42 43 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Woman Reader
  • Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married
  • Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions
  • Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America
  • Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe V Wade
  • City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860
  • The Technology of Orgasm: "Hysteria," the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction
  • Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York
  • The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government
  • Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation
  • The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy
  • Who Was Dracula?: Bram Stoker's Trail of Blood
  • The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service
  • College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-eds, Then and Now
  • A Pickpocket's Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York
  • Hard to Get: Twenty-Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom
  • Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture
  • Stories from Jonestown
Carol Dyhouse is a social historian. Her research has focused on gender, education and the pattern of women's lives in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain. Her books include Girls Growing Up in late Victorian and Edwardian England (1981); Feminism and the Family in England, 1890-1939, (1989); No Distinction of Sex? Women in British Universities (1995); and Students: A Gendered History (2006)....more
More about Carol Dyhouse...
Glamour: Women, History, Feminism Girls Growing Up in Late Victorian and Edwardian England No Distinction of Sex? Students: Gendered History Feminism And The Family In England, 1880 1939

Share This Book