Millennium Girls: Today's Girls Around the World / Edition 1

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Riding the wave of a booming girl culture worldwide, this collection of girls' voices across the globe invites us to learn more about their varied girlhoods. From coming-of-age rituals in South Africa to the impact of computers and popular magazines on girls in Japan and Germany, "Millennium Girls" offers us a broader vision of girlhood around the world. Though a universal experience, girlhood is not always carefree. Instead, as this book documents, many girls are not valued for who they are, whether socially, culturally, or intellectually. Despite the countless girls around the globe who remain voiceless, mostly white, middle-class girls in the United States and Britain have often been given their turn to speak about their lives. This emphasis on these girls, while important, cannot adequately explore the connections between them and girls around the world. In a society that is becoming increasingly globalized, "Millennium Girls" fills this gap, becoming essential reading for anyone interested in girls and women and the differences and similarities in girlhoods among varied cultures and societies. Around the globe, girls often face bleak realities about their lives, careers, and families. In many cases, they are still second-class citizens, doubly marginalized by their age and gender. Girls are further marginalized because their lives are rarely taken seriously or are disregarded entirely; this is particularly true for girls living on the fringes of society because of their race, ethnicity, social class, or sexual orientation. For these reasons, girls become voiceless in many cultures, both inside and outside of the United States. "Millennium Girls" addresses this absence andcreates a space for some of the girls, who have not been allowed or given an opportunity, to speak. Voices of girls in South Africa, Japan, Germany, Israel, and the United States blend together to create a unique portrait of shared and differing experiences of girlhood.
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Editorial Reviews

BUST Magazine
[I]f you've been out of school for a while, or your university doesn't yet have a class in Girl Studies, this book will give you the low down on what the field looks like these days. And it looks pretty good.
Millennium Girls tells a tale that needs to be told. . . . If you've been out of school for a while, or your university doesn't yet have a class in Girl Studies, this book will give you the low down on what the field looks like these days. And it looks pretty good.
Lyn Mikel Brown
In this provocative volume, Sherrie A. Inness successfully sets the stage for a global study of girlhood and girl culture. Read against the monochromatic backdrop of so many studies that explore the lives of privileged girls in the U.S., this book is a prism of brilliant colors, shades, and textures. Stunning in its range and depth, Millennium Girls underscores the rich diversity of girls' voices, needs, and desires in the U.S. and around the world.
Meda Chesney-Lind
Doubly marginalized by age and gender, girls have frequently been invisible and their problems ignored or over-simplified. This important collection breaks the silence about girl's lives while also serving up the rich array of issues that confront girls in various cultures. A powerful reminder that like sisterhood, girlhood is global, this book is a must read.
Joline Godfrey
Inness has collected a multi-dimensional view of girls that will help us better understand the complex, complicated lives they lead. For anyone commited to supporting the dreams of girls today, this book will be invaluable.
Marie C. Wilson
When we created Take Our Daughters To Work® Day in 1993, we hoped to bring attention to girls' lives. This book goes a long way toward showing how very rich—and very different—girls' experiences are.
Millennium Girls tells a tale that needs to be told. . . . If you've been out of school for a while, or your university doesn't yet have a class in Girl Studies, this book will give you the low down on what the field looks like these days. And it looks pretty good.
BUST, Spring 99 - Celina Hex
Millennium Girls describes the many, real life cultures that are flourishing all around the globe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847691371
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherrie A. Inness is assistant professor of English at Miami University. She is the author of numerous books and articles on gender studies and popular culture, including such books as The Lesbian Menace: Ideology, Identity, and the Representation of Lesbian Life and Tough Girls: Women, Popular Culture, and the Gendering of Toughness.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Photographs
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Who's the Girl?
Ch. 1 What Are Girls Made Of? Exploring the Symbolic Boundaries of Femininity in Two Cultures 15
Ch. 2 For Sale: A Girl's Life in the Global Economy 45
Ch. 3 Hasidic Girls: Daily Lives and Inner Worlds 61
Ch. 4 The Zulu Goddess and Her Virgin Daughters 87
Pt. 2 What Do Girls Want?
Ch. 5 "I'll Tell You What I Really, Really Want": Girl Power and Self-Identity in Britain 115
Ch. 6 Spice Girls' Talk: A Case Study in the Development of Gendered Identity 145
Ch. 7 Beyond Barbie: Fashioning a Market in Interactive Electronic Games for Girls 169
Ch. 8 Transforming Visions: A French Toast to American Girlhood in Luc Besson's The Professional 193
Ch. 9 "Feeling Better" with BRAVO: German Girls and Their Popular Youth Magazine 213
Ch. 10 Pornography or Therapy? Japanese Girls Creating the Yaoi Phenomenon 243
Ch. 11 Do Bad Girls Get a Bum Rap? Sexual Solutions and State Interventions 269
About the Contributors 297
Index 301
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