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Fast Girls: Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut

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She might have reached puberty at an early age. (Or she might not have.)

She might have been a victim of childhood sexual abuse. (Or she might not have.)

She might have been different somehow — had a daring sense of style, seemed ethnically "exotic," or came from the wrong side of the tracks. (Or she might not have.)

She might have taken on the whole football team at once. (She probably didn't.)

She was the high school slut, and her mystique lives on. Whether views as villian or victim, outcast or rebel, she remains a figure of fascination — and more than a touch of fear. "Full of quirky insights into sexual standards and practices" (The San Diego Union-Tribune), Fast Girls is a journey into the dark side of the teenage years, a revealing study of American society — and a "sobering look at the power of rumor" (Kirkus Reviews).

Review:

"Emily White does for the American suburban high school what other feminists have done for the Salem Witch Trials. In deconstructing the universal mythologies that surround 'the Slut' she has exposed some rather 'inconvenient facts.' With harrowing detail and refreshing insight, White shows how some forms of 'sisterhood' can be powerfully destructive forces against women. This book will open minds and repair damaged hearts." Donna Gaines, Ph.D., author of Teenage Wasteland

Review:

"Calling a young woman a slut may be a way of shutting her down, but Emily White opens up the term until it turns into a magical hall of mirrors, revealing all the ways in which fear of female power still shapes our culture. Ranking with the groundbreaking work of the Second Wave, much fiercer than most of what passes for feminist writing now, Fast Girls takes the discussion of the politics of sex to the next level." Ann Powers, author of Weird Like Us

Review:

"The stories of White's interviewees paint a textured, harrowing picture of high school life, and readers will wish she had devoted more space to these powerful testimonies and less to the broader cultural analysis." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Emily White's marvelous investigation of 'the myth of the slut' brings high school back in livid color and shows how its tribal outcasts get scarred for life by the cruelty of the mob." Gary Indiana, author of Let It Bleed and Resentment

Review:

"These were the real-live girls and women behind the myth. As White renders them, they are irresistable and far more complex than the sum of their bad high school experiences....White has genuine empathy for these women, and it's contagious...deftly written and engaging." Newsday

Review:

"Its observations are so refreshing — free of cant, sentiment, soupy psychology and hypocrisy about teenage sexuality." Carol Tavris in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Synopsis:

Whether viewed as villain or victim, outcast or rebel, the High School Slut remains a figure of fascination--and more than a touch of fear. Full of quirky insights into sexual standards and practices, Fast Girls is a journey into the dark side of the teenage years, a revealing study of American society.

About the Author

Emily White, a freelance writer, was the editor of The Stranger, an alternative weekly newspaper in Seattle. She has also been a contributing editor to the website OpenLetters.net and a Stegner fellow in the fiction program at Stanford University. Her work has appeared in Spin magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the Village Voice, Nest, and L.A. Weekly.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780425191767
Author:
White, Emily
Publisher:
Berkley Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
Adolescence - Sexuality
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Teenagers
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
High school students
Subject:
Social isolation
Subject:
Gossip
Subject:
High school environment.
Subject:
Promiscuity.
Subject:
Adolescence - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Life Stages - Adolescence - Sexuality
Subject:
General Study Aids
Subject:
Social isolation -- United States.
Subject:
Teenagers -- United States.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
no. 23
Publication Date:
20031007
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.49x5.57x.57 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies

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"Review" by , "Emily White does for the American suburban high school what other feminists have done for the Salem Witch Trials. In deconstructing the universal mythologies that surround 'the Slut' she has exposed some rather 'inconvenient facts.' With harrowing detail and refreshing insight, White shows how some forms of 'sisterhood' can be powerfully destructive forces against women. This book will open minds and repair damaged hearts."
"Review" by , "Calling a young woman a slut may be a way of shutting her down, but Emily White opens up the term until it turns into a magical hall of mirrors, revealing all the ways in which fear of female power still shapes our culture. Ranking with the groundbreaking work of the Second Wave, much fiercer than most of what passes for feminist writing now, Fast Girls takes the discussion of the politics of sex to the next level."
"Review" by , "The stories of White's interviewees paint a textured, harrowing picture of high school life, and readers will wish she had devoted more space to these powerful testimonies and less to the broader cultural analysis."
"Review" by , "Emily White's marvelous investigation of 'the myth of the slut' brings high school back in livid color and shows how its tribal outcasts get scarred for life by the cruelty of the mob."
"Review" by , "These were the real-live girls and women behind the myth. As White renders them, they are irresistable and far more complex than the sum of their bad high school experiences....White has genuine empathy for these women, and it's contagious...deftly written and engaging."
"Review" by , "Its observations are so refreshing — free of cant, sentiment, soupy psychology and hypocrisy about teenage sexuality."
"Synopsis" by , Whether viewed as villain or victim, outcast or rebel, the High School Slut remains a figure of fascination--and more than a touch of fear. Full of quirky insights into sexual standards and practices, Fast Girls is a journey into the dark side of the teenage years, a revealing study of American society.
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