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From the back cover: "For more than a decade, girl power has been a cultural barometer, reflecting girlhood's ever-changing meanings. How did girl power evolve from a subcultural rallying cry to a mainstream catchphrase, and what meaning did young girls find in its pop culture forms?" The website is http://www.GrowingUpWithGirlPower.com. ...more
Paperback, First Edition, First Printing, 315 pages
Published February 2012 by Peter Lang
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Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An in-depth examination of how "girl power" has been interpreted, not only by the riot grrrls who launched its punk movement, but by girls born in the 1980s and 1990s who grew up with the idea of "girl power" mass-marketed to them particularly through the Spice Girls and certain cartoons. Careful attention is given to race-based differences in girls' reactions to the media.

Hains details the ambiguities inherent in popularized, commercialized "girl power": in some forms it indeed promotes self-es
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May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was much more readable then most research-based studies. Part of this is because of the subject matter, but Rebecca Hains also relates the study in a conversational manner that makes it accessible, which is awesome. She is also very forthcoming about the limitations of the study, which I appreciate. Overall, it probably raised more issues than it settled, but that is kind of the point. Girls are not identical - they approach material with different backgrounds and situations. By allowi ...more
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Dr. Rebecca Hains is a children’s media culture expert. She is a professor of media and communication at Salem State University in Salem, Mass.

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