Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Author: Mary Pipher
At adolescence, says Mary Pipher, “girls become ‘female impersonators’ who fit their whole selves into small, crowded spaces.” Many lose spark, interest, and even IQ points as a “girl-poisoning” society forces a choice between being shunned for staying true to oneself and struggling to stay within a narrow definition of female. Pipher offers some prescriptions for changing society and helping girls resist.