27 July, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading

This is how it works

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.
  This weeks Teaser Tuesday comes from

 What's Happening to our Girls? by Maggie Hamilton

This is not my current read, I'm still reading The Hour I First Believed which I used for my teaser last week.  

What's Happening to our Girls a profound effect on me when I read it last week. You can read my review here. In fact, I'm likely to give you a few teasers.

For girls to instantly and radically change their bodies doesn't teach them how to resolve self-esteem and other issues. TV, magazines and the internet are hardly the ideal reference points for girls considering surgery, but that's where most now go to for advice. (p100)

New research by De Montfort University found that those who download child pornography from the internet share the same psychological characteristics as paedophiles  who actively abuse children. As the addiction to pornography grows, and we are in the middle of what some describe as an epidemic of child sexual abuse, how many of these people are out walking the streets? And when they see tween girls dressed as teens, wearing the clothes marketed to them as THE way to look cool and be accepted, what do they see - young girls trying hard to grow up, or 'eye candy'? (p56) (This paragraph totally stopped me in my tracks)

As children of their generation, it was natural for Jodie and Stephanie [two 16 year olds who committed suicide] to go on the net and tell the world how they were feeling - that's what girls their age do. The unfortunate thing is that cyberspace is the last place most parents go to when trying to work out what's happening with their daughter. (p 191)

Girls do need more freedom as they mature, but as social analyst Richard Eckersley points out, freedom is only meaningful when they are pushing out from a structured environment. For girls who have grown up without boundaries, freedom is pretty meaningless, because they have nothing to judge it against, or retreat to if things get tricky. (p210)
 and finally

Alongside the many issues our girls currently face are a wealth of opportunities. It is our job to help our girls recognise these opportunities, and give them the confidence and resources they need to lead lives that are even richer and fuller than our own, and to find solutions to problems we can but dream of. (p256)

Hope I haven't bored or depressed you too much! Please leave me a link with your Tuesday Teaser!