Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Girl Land" by Caitlin Flanagan Book Review...

Girl Land by Caitlin Flanagan
Publication Date: January 12, 2012

"Caitlin Flanagan's essays about marriage, sex, and families have sparked national debates. Now she turns her attention to girls: the biological and cultural milestones for girls today, and how they shape a girl's sense of herself.
The transition from girl to woman is an experience that has changed radically over the generations: everything from how a girl learns about her period to how she expects to be treated by boys and men. Girls today observe these passages very differently, and yet the landmarks themselves have remained remarkably constant-proof, Flanagan believes, of their significance. In a world where protections of girls' privacy and personal freedom seem to disappear every day, the ultimate challenge modern parents face is finding a way to defend both."

What we thought:  This was a very interesting book full of eye-opening topics and issues today's young girls are faced with.  Some of the writing seems to ring true of the young girls I know, however some of the generalizations don't seem to apply.  I also think more credit and responsibility should be given to young men when it comes to how they act and react to our daughters than Flanagan gives them in this book.  Overall, she brings up some great issues that are sure to get you thinking about the world today's girls are growing up in compared to previous generations.  ABCD Diaries gives Girl Land an A.

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a copy of this book for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

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