Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Ask.fm. Tinder. The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media. What it is doing to an entire generation of young women is the subject of award-winning Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales' riveting and explosive American Girls.
With extraordinary intimacy and precision, Sales captures what it feels like to be a girl in America today. From Montclair to Manhattan and Los Angeles, from Florida and Arizona to Texas and Kentucky, Sales crisscrossed the country, speaking to more than 200 girls, ages 13 to 19, and documenting a massive change in the way girls are growing up, a phenomenon that transcends race, geography, and household income. American Girls provides a disturbing portrait of the end of childhood as we know it and of the inexorable and ubiquitous experience of a new kind of adolescence - one dominated by new social and sexual norms, where a girl's first crushes and experiences of longing and romance occur in an accelerated electronic environment; where issues of identity and self-esteem are magnified and transformed by social platforms that provide instantaneous judgment.
What does it mean to be a girl in America in 2016? It means coming of age online in a hypersexualized culture that has normalized extreme behavior, from pornography to the casual exchange of nude photographs; a culture rife with a virulent new strain of sexism and a sometimes self-undermining notion of feminist empowerment; a culture in which teenagers are spending so much time on technology and social media that they are not developing basic communication skills. From beauty gurus to slut shaming to a disconcerting trend of exhibitionism, Nancy Jo Sales provides a shocking window into the troubling world of today's teenage girls.
Provocative and urgent, American Girls is destined to ignite a much-needed conversation about how we can help our daughters and sons negotiate unprecedented new challenges.
©2016 Nancy Jo Sales (P)2016 Random House Audio
Knowledge is power. So glad this book was recommended to me by a friend. Scary stuff but I'd rather have an idea as to what my kids are exposed to and engaging with than turning a blind eye or being naive. No easy conclusions or answers here but the conversations with our boys and girls need to happen sooner and younger than I may have realized.
While the focus is on teen girls, listeners (or readers) will also gain insight into the minds of teenage boys. at once heartbreaking, enlightening, and entertaining, this is a must read for anyone with teens in their life.
Valuable research insights for parents of teenage kids and very young adults. My, how things have changed.
I read this book because I work with teenage girls. Although I initially found it informative and felt it provided a very vivid (albeit disturbing) portrayal of what teenage girls are experiencing, I felt that it beat its point to death. I kept continuing in the hopes that the second half would outline positive things that can be done to help protect or guide girls from the most negative of interactions, but there was no such research. Just a short opinion piece at the end. A glorified pamphlet would have been just as useful and would not have dragged me through so many dreadful hours.
Lastly, I found the narrator's tone to be affected and really irritating.
This book is an amazing in depth look at girls and social media. It's a must read if you are raising or working with girls. As a high school teacher, I found it mind blowing. I will use this in my women's history class.
This book documents the many problems social media is causing in the lives of teens today. It is altering how individuals interact with each other and how little they focus on the immediate present. This book also details the promotion of rape culture and over-sexualization of females. Every female, teen or adult, would greatly benefit from this information; a must read to promote a more well rounded and fulfilling life. Males would also benefit from reading this as well in order to better understand the perspective of females. Great read!!
American Girls was a fascinating if sobering look at teen girls and how social media has impacted teen sexuality. The life of my teenagers and how they interact and socialize is quite far removed from my own experience as a teen. We've raised our teens to be comfortable interacting in person as well as in cyberspace so they have a balance. It seems so few teens, and many adults, don't know how to socialize or form intimate relationships with others. The book was well written although some parts seemed to drag in the beginning and some of the book was a bit repetitive.Therese Plummers vocal performance was top notch and I think her delivery of the material was perfect. I would highly recommend this book to parents of teenagers or young adults to open a dialogue about safe and respectful use of social media.
This is a shocking, wake you up book that is now one of the most important and essential parenting books that I have in my library. I think every parent should read it, both parents if girls and boys. I am telling everyone I know.
This book has shocked me to my core but I am glad I listened to it. It is so incredibly sad what children/ youth are going through these days. I had no clue!
I want to desperately protect my children from all of this. We must all know the situation and then do something about it - as a society.
I am not a parent, but I found this book to be interesting and terrifying at the same time. I really had no idea what teenagers were doing on their phones and on the internet, nor did I really understand Snapchat and other apps like that. I would recommend for parents everywhere!
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