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Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls-Sexual Identity, the Cyberbubble, Obsessions, Envi

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The author of Boys Adrift argues that young women today are at risk, and shows what we can do to help girls achieve their potential
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Published April 27th 2010 by Basic Books (AZ) (first published April 1st 2010)
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Apr 11, 2011 Geetha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Girls today have far greater opportunities than their grandmothers had and therefore they have every chance for a very fulfilling life, one in which they can attain their potential. Yet, more girls are “on the edge”, why? Leonard Sax explores the possible reasons why our young daughters are not as happy and adjusted as we want them to be. Could it be the early sexualisation of girls? Could it be technology which keeps them connected 24*7 to their friends preventing them from being connected to t ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2016 - Reread for book club.

2012 - A really, really good read. I devoured this book. I didn't realize it at the time, but I have read another of his books - 'Why Gender Matters'. I came away with an understanding of some of the problems that face girls today. What I also understood is how inspired the 'For Strength of Youth', 'Personal Progress', and the whole Young Women's program really is. It really sets girls apart and can strengthen them in this day and age. I also felt vindicated because t
Apr 23, 2010 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like "Boys Adrift," this book has a lot of information that I was happy to learn, and I'm glad the author wrote a book about girls. Never having been a your girl in my years growing up, some of the ideas were very new to me. One thing that struck me -- maybe it was in "Boys Adrift," too, and I simply didn't notice -- is that he gives you a horror story, something really bad that happened, and only afterwords says "now that's a rare case, but..." It seems to me that's a propaganda trick: "If you ...more
Since reading “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” which eventually inspired the movie “Mean Girls,” I have been particularly fascinated with the culture of teen girls, and how it doesn’t really end once the high schoolers go off to college. In this particular book, physician and psychologist Leonard Sax, who previously penned a similar book about boys, examines what he believes are four factors impacting the current society in which girls are growing up. These are sexual identity, the cyberbubble, obsess ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*A new kind of help for a new kind of crisis*

While the technology of today offers countless advances in how we live our daily lives, it also results in never-before-encountered challenges and stressors that threaten the livelihood and futures of young women. In his book _Girls On the Edge_, Leonard Sax identifies the four key factors that are creating what he terms the "new crisis for girls." These factors include:

1. Sexual identity--young girls are acting sexual before they even are sexual, and
Jun 15, 2010 Vincent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some of this book covers very familiar territory. BPA in plastics of all kinds are influencing our bodies is scary and unknowable ways, and sadly kids are getting more of it even than adults. In my house, I recently tossed all the crappy mismatched plastic containers used by my wife and asked her to start using only glass and ceramic for microwave warming.
This book notes that now puberty for girls at age 8 is not considered unusual, and in fact may be traceable to the drop in breast feeding amo
Interesting book, but I didn't learn anything new. Most of it is common sense. Girls are different than boys. Right-o. Heard this many a time. But in a way he's almost reinforcing the stereotypes, even though he's meaning not too. Keep the computers out of their rooms - check. Monitor their cell phone use - check. His mean girls assessment was a little off the mark, unrealistic mainly, and truly if you've never been female, that's a hard one to really understand. But I could tell he meant well o ...more
Nov 06, 2013 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, parenting
50% of girls in the US will hit puberty before their 10th birthday!!! REALLY?!!! I think this book is my book club pick of the year--if I had a book club. :) I'd love to sit in a coffee shop and discuss his ideas: all-girls schools, cutting, early onset of puberty, the cyberbubble and the pseudo-society of teenagers, the need for female community that spans generations, anorexia of the soul, sports that focus on what you do rather than how you look, Finnish schools that disallow formal education ...more
Oct 28, 2010 Cory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I love love love Leonard Sax!!! It's now my goal to meet him, although if I do I'll probably end up gushing and making a total fool of myself. He's just so brilliant!!!

Okay . . . let me get ahold of myself. This book frightened me, with all the information about environmental toxins, but it was a very interested sort of frightened. And the thing I like about Sax is that he gives solutions to the problems after frightening you with them.
I had to return this to the library before I had the chance to review it but as I said, wish I had just bought it to start with. Very intriguing and somewhat disturbing. I was hooked when he started describing a phenomena I've observed but not known how to describe, girls being, for lack of any better phrase, sexualized before they have even come close to figuring out who they are, their personal identity. He raises questions about the early onset of puberty, the ways girls learn differently fro ...more
Apr 04, 2010 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Leonard Sax delves into the very modern realities of raising daughters in the present landscape, one that is tremendously different from our own youth and is continuously evolving. Of course it is quite timely for me as I navigate the terrain of 4- and 7-year old daughters, however, it is is an extremely informative book for just about anyone to read, illuminating much about themselves and their relationships. The book covers the expected, like over-sexualization of young girls and cyber ...more
Michael Beaton
I don't have daughters, but if I did I would want this book as essential information.
Particularly in the post feminist era where the paradigm and predefined rules for girls/women have been so radically altered in such a short time.
Rather than the false equivalence of thinking boys and girls are the same, this book explores what is more true – that girls are profoundly different than boys and need to be treated as such.
This applies in the classroom as well as on the sports field. And the author d
Jan 23, 2016 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, this is quite good, for bringing up big picture issues that most parents, doctors and policy makers have not traditionally even thought about. For instance, we should be talking much more about environmental exposures when discussing obesity.
Some of the advice is common sense, but some of it goes beyond the existing science. Generally this is harmless because there's little downside, for example, to using glass bowls instead of plastic bowls in the microwave, if you can. But in some ot
Johanna Kirk
Oct 28, 2013 Johanna Kirk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Girls On The Edge, author Leonard Sax identifies and describes the challenges girls are facing today as they navigate their way to adulthood. It is nothing short of daunting to read the onslaught of obstacles girls must clear on the road to an authentic self. I found it simultaneously fascinating and frightening. The chapters on body, mind and sport where the most captivating to me, filled with interesting nuggets of information. Luckily the book has many good suggestions how to possibly avoi ...more
May 18, 2014 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chez-mama
AMAZING! I found myself wanting to high five him at the end of each chapter! He explains the issues of our culture in a way that I found very informative without freaking out the reader. As the mother of 6 daughters, I appreciate the knowledge gained but encourage practically everyone I meet to read this book because raising children isnt for the wimpy and there is valuable information in these pages! One of my top 5 books this year!
Nov 22, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. As a parent of a daughter and someone who works with teenagers on a daily basis, I thought it was interesting, at times scary, but interesting nonetheless. I thought the environmental toxins section was eye-opening and makes me want to an overhaul of the contents in my kitchen cupboards.
I feel I may want to revisit this book when my daughter enters her tween years...and maybe give it as a gift to parents of girls, as it gives the reader a lot to think about!
Nicole Mckenzie
Jul 21, 2010 Nicole Mckenzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An eye opening look at the pressures teen girls face in our current culture. By discovering their true identity thorough positive intergenerational relationships with women, and having a spiritual life, girls can prevent or reverse the negative thought/behavior patterns, which many of them are engaged in.
Kari Olfert
Aug 14, 2016 Kari Olfert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, I learnt a lot of new information. I'm a mom and I'm surprised by how much I didn't know about my daughters. It's a little clinical/dry but I can appreciate the different angle and research that went into this. If you want to have a better understanding of what your daughters are facing you're going to want to read this.
Nov 11, 2013 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone who has a daughter should read this book. In clear terms it describes what are the new crises for girls. The world is changing quickly and as a parent I feel like I have some catching up to do if I want my children to be confident un-anxiety ridden and balanced teens and adults.
Feb 16, 2016 Stacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great advice and insights. I especially appreciated the direction with the social media. I'm grateful for having found this book for my daughters and the young women I serve at our church.
Jan 11, 2017 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Leonard Sax. I would say I agree almost completely with his analysis and his recommendations. This book looks at the 4 factors that heavily influence a girl's life, especially in the teen years. The current American culture today makes it very hard for girls to figure out who they really are, as they often get trapped into trying to live up to everyone else's expectations of what it means to be a woman-from early sexualization (e.g. sexy outfits at age 8??), to social media ...more
Jun 10, 2010 Tanya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-books
After addressing four main factors of the modern crises for girls (sexual identity, the cyberbubble, obsessions and environmental toxins), the author looks at solutions from the perspectives of mind, body and spirit. The flow of the solutions part of the book was different than that of the first half, but still I thought both sections of the book were useful. In terms of defining the problems for some tween and teen girls, the author noted initially that hard-working girls with drive and motivat ...more
Jan 23, 2017 Mitzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I think all parents (particularly of girls), teachers, and anyone who works with youth should read. It was sobering and a bit depressing, but there is so much truth to it. These things are SO much more prevalent than most people think (or want to believe), and it is affecting girls from every background and every socioeconomic factor. (The straight-A students cut themselves just as much as the straight-F students, and every range in between.) As a high school counselor, I see and ...more
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book points
--- girls push to present a sexual identity before their sexual identity has been formed. Confused about meaning of sexuality.
---cyberbubble block the process of developing the sense of self. Danger of cyberbubble is performing is not living

Chap 1 : First factor: sexual identity
p19 This is a fundamental difference between female sexuality and male sexuality. For many boys and young men, sex is primarily about achieving a sexual climax and release. For most
Oct 31, 2016 Ames36 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of scary stats in regards to endocrine disrupters and insightful info on girls psyche. Loved it!
Sandy Jee
Jan 17, 2017 Sandy Jee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
parents of girls should read this book
Quite possibly the best book I've read in a long time!
A must read for anyone who teaches, coaches, or raises girls.

There has been a 400% increase of depression and anxiety in females from 1950-1999. Among boys? 7%. See a problem? Dr. Sax did and has researched many of the reasons this is happening.

Cyber bubble and micro celebritarianism. (sp?) Meaning teen girls manage their cyber life the same way a celebrity does. The difference? One has a whole team of people to do it. Imagine the pressure
Jennifer Robertson
Scary stuff but important stuff
Nov 19, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, sociology
4.5 stars.
A good discussion on problems facing girls today. I agreed with most of what he said and was happy to find a champion for immodesty, teaching girls balance, and common sense rules on computer use.

I could relate to the young women's loss of self and complete focus on academics. After college I struggled to identify myself outside of academics. I am now learning to find my true self. I think he hits the mark on how an unbalanced life or complete focus on one are (academics, athletics, e
May 11, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely read parenting books, but the subtitle on this one caught my eye. I thought I would read it, then, if it was good, suggest it to my husband, because our daughter will be thirteen in a couple weeks. Not only did I give it to him to read, I promptly began recommending it to friends with younger daughters.

The four factors were not ones I have not heard about or considered on my own, but Sax presents them very well, and the extent of some of the issues was truly beyond what I had imagined.
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Leonard Sax is an American psychologist and family physician. He is the author of Why Gender Matters (Doubleday, 2005; revised edition to be published in 2017); Boys Adrift: the five factors driving the growing epidemic of unmotivated boys and underachieving young men (Basic Books, 2007; revised edition, 2016); Girls on the Edge (Basic Books, 2010); and The Collapse of Parenting (Basic Books, 2015 ...more
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“Defining yourself in terms of how you rank is always dangerous and ultimately immature. It doesn't matter whether the rank has to do with your grades, your weight or where you finished in the 800 meter race. Becoming a mature adult means, among other things, that you define yourself relative to your own potential, not relative somebody else's standard.” 1 likes
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