Odd Girl Out
The Hidden Culture of Aggression in GirlsBook - 2011
There is little sugar but lots of spice in journalist Rachel Simmons's brave and brilliant book that skewers the stereotype of girls as the kinder, gentler gender. Odd Girl Out begins with the premise that girls are socialized to be sweet with a double bind: they must value friendships; but they must not express the anger that might destroy them. Lacking cultural permission to acknowledge conflict, girls develop what Simmons calls "a hidden culture of silent and indirect aggression." The author, who visited 30 schools and talked to 300 girls, catalogues chilling and heartbreaking acts of aggression, including the silent treatment, note-passing, glaring, gossiping, ganging up, fashion police, and being nice in private/mean in public. She decodes the vocabulary of these sneak attacks, explaining, for example, three ways to parse the meaning of "I'm fat." --- Amazon.
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
Edition: First Mariner Books edition, completely revised and updated
Copyright Date: ©2002
Branch Call Number: Health & Wellness 649.64 Sim