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Queen Bees and Wannabes Book Review
Am I unfair to call commentators who raise concerns about adolescent girls phobic? Imagine, now, that Wiseman had written a book about any other group in society—say, Jews—and filled the introduction with such sweeping name-calling and negatives. What would we call that? Go a step further—how does Wiseman characterize grownups, especially parents? You find none of the disparaging terms applied to girls. Adult and parent worlds have no meanness, hierarchies, competition, moodiness, cruelty, judgment, drinking, drugs, lying, or other bad qualities?
Today is Apologies Day in Rosalind Wiseman's class -- so, naturally, when class lets out, the girls are crying. Not all 12 of them, but a good half. They stand around in the corridor, snuffling quietly but persistently, interrogating one another.
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Wiseman Defending Ourselves: Prevention, Self-Defense, and Recovery from Rape , offers parents a guide to navigating the adolescent landscape. Acting as a liaison between "Girl World" and "Planet Parent," Wiseman helps parents understand their daughters' friendships, the power of cliques and the roles of girls within them including Queen Bee, Sidekick, Torn Bystander, Messenger and Target. The second half concentrates on boys, sex and drugs as well as what to do if your daughter needs professional help. Within each chapter, "Check Your Baggage" sections challenge parents to recognize their own biases and remember what it was like when they were teens; as well, Wiseman offers scripts for discussing difficult issues and advice on how to deal with them. The author also forthrightly addresses the issue of homosexuality.
Rate this book. Buy This Book. Enlivened with the voices of dozens of girls and parents, Queen Bees and Wannabes The basis for the movie Mean Girls , is compelling reading for parents and daughters alike. A conversation piece and a reference guide, it offers the tools you need to help your daughter feel empowered and make smarter choices. Parents Can Make A Difference In Girl World Do you feel as though your adolescent daughter exists in a different world, speaking a different language and living by different laws? She does.