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Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk about Sexuality

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Publisher Comments:

Be sexy but not sexual. Don't be a prude but don't be a slut. These are the cultural messages that barrage teenage girls. In movies and magazines, in music and advice columns, girls are portrayed as the object or the victim of someone else's desire--but virtually never as someone with acceptable sexual feelings of her own. What teenage girls make of these contradictory messages, and what they make of their awakening sexuality--so distant from and yet so susceptible to cultural stereotypes--emerges for the first time in frank and complex fashion in Deborah Tolman's Dilemmas of Desire.

A unique look into the world of adolescent sexuality, this book offers an intimate and often disturbing, sometimes inspiring, picture of how teenage girls experience, understand, and respond to their sexual feelings, and of how society mediates, shapes, and distorts this experience. In extensive interviews, we listen as actual adolescent girls--both urban and suburban--speak candidly of their curiosity and confusion, their pleasure and disappointment, their fears, defiance, or capitulation in the face of a seemingly imperishable double standard that smiles upon burgeoning sexuality in boys yet frowns, even panics, at its equivalent in girls.

As a vivid evocation of girls negotiating some of the most vexing issues of adolescence, and as a thoughtful, richly informed examination of the dilemmas these girls face, this readable and revealing book begins the critical work of understanding the sexuality of young women in all its personal, social, and emotional significance.

Synopsis:

An examination of adolescent female sexuality considers the often contradictory messages that barrage today's teens, noting the pervasiveness of cultural stereotypes and double standards and how they influence a young woman's sexual development. (Marriage & Sexuality)

About the Author

Deborah L. Tolman is Professor of Social Welfare at the City University of New York
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Getting beyond "It Just Happened"

2. Voices of Desire

3. Sounds of Silence

4. Dangers of Desire

5. Parameters of Pleasure

6. Geographies of Desire

7. Speaking of Desire

On Methodology

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674044364
Subtitle:
Teenage Girls Talk about Sexuality
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Tolman, Deborah L.
Author:
Deborah L. Tolman
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Interpersonal relations in adolescence.
Subject:
Developmental - Adolescent
Subject:
Adolescence - Sexuality
Subject:
Life Stages - Adolescence - Sexuality
Subject:
Teenage girls -- Attitudes.
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 table
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.9375 x 5.0625 x 3/4 in

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Parenting Teens
Health and Self-Help » Child Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General

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