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Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher
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Mar 25, 2009

did not like it
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Makes a valid point or two but I remember being insulted by this as an adolescent girl. Specifically at the point when Pipher holds up a daddy-knows-best fundie family as raising a totally well-adjusted teenager. I'd rather be a maladjusted junkie slut than live in the midwest with my nice, cool, cryptofascist hard-on for jeezy parents, thanks. This should be on the "feminism, question mark" shelf.
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Tiemu Her evidence of maladjusted junkie sluts shows they tend to be unhappier than the ones with a stable families. Pipher recommend a middle-way between the extremes of authoritarianism and abject laxity.


message 2: by A.K. (new) - rated it 1 star

A.K. Tiemu wrote: "Her evidence of maladjusted junkie sluts shows they tend to be unhappier than the ones with a stable families. Pipher recommend a middle-way between the extremes of authoritarianism and abject laxity."

Teen me and 09 me would have hated this, but I feel if I read this again my review and thoughts would be approaching some sort of maturity. Thank you therapy and years of being one of those firm but warm child care providers.


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