Introduction[ edit ] This section introduces Pipher's theory that a great, and often negative, change influences girls during adolescence. The case study summarizes Cayenne's transition from an athletic, confident child into a self-conscious adolescent who, at fifteen years of age, contracted Herpes Charlotte
I find myself immediately sorry that Pipher has had such depressing experiences with girls and described adolescence itself as such a sad and tragic. But then, the girls Pipher sees are in treatment for problems.
Then, of course, Pipher invokes the Universal Mind, a monumental conceit: There are 19 million girls in the U. I could counter that the hundreds of girls I worked with for years, in programs, families, weeks-long wilderness work projects, classes, and tutoring were overwhelmingly healthy, optimistic, and happy—far from the one-dimensional mass of traumas Pipher depicts.
Her gloomy characterization of a large, diverse population according to her personal experiences and lens-filtered observations involving a tiny number of girls is such a fundamental flaw that all we can really conclude is that Pipher is transferring her own dismality to girls.
None of us can know what millions of girls really think, but we can look at measures designed to probe representative samples. Monitoring the Future found that girls, allowed to respond anonymously to questions themselves rather than have a grim psychologist make claims for them, presented a much sunnier image: Not perfect, but not the swamp of misery, peer torture, alienation, laziness, self-fixation, and pathology Pipher and other girlphobes insist.
Teenaged girls in the first Monitoring the Future survey were slightly less happy with themselves and their lives, less satisfied with peers and parents, and less civic minded.
If girls are distressed, they are handling it much better than the rest of us. The suicide and lethal self-destructiveness rate among teenage girls is not only the lowest of any age or either gender except preteen childrenit has dropped sharply over the years and now stands at just one-third the rate of middle-aged women.
One human limitation we all suffer is that our heads do not contain the sum of the universe. Pipher indulges the Universal Mind fallacy: There were 18 million girls ages in the United States in Across the board, girls are generally safer today than in past generations, but there are some nuances.
Self-inflicted deaths among girls, including suicides and accidents such as by poisoning or firearms, peaked around and have since fallen to record lows by the early s—though there was a rise in Finally, murders of girls more than doubled from toleveled off in the s, then fell back to pre levels by the s.
In short, there is no tangible evidence, either cited by Pipher or substantiated in real trends, to justify her melodramatically frightening assessment of modern teenage girls generalized from the severely troubled clients she sees in her clinical practice.
Nor does Pipher address the fact that girls today are doing remarkably well, given that they are coping with the most difficult parent generation on record. Their mothers and fathers—the ones Pipher insists were raised in more settled times—have set new records for middle-aged drug abuse, serious felony arrest, imprisonment, HIV infection, and family breakup.
The overwhelming impression lent by their writings is that it is not real hazards to real girls than concern them most, but the repugnance authors feel for modern society and popular culture.
What is inexcusable is their denigrations of girls as an easy scheme to denigrate offensive culture.Mary Pipher, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestsellers Reviving Ophelia, The Shelter of Each Other, and Another Country, as well as Seeking Peace and Writing to Change the World/5().
Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls covers a lot of the same ground as Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student.
We read about adolescent girls struggling with depression, eating disorders, self-mutilation, premature sexual involvement, etc/5. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls.
Mary Pipher (, ) To Pipher, teenage girls occupy a lost, dead, chaotic world. “Girls know they are losing themselves. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls () By: Mary Pipher. Why are American adolescent girls more prey to depression, eating disorders, addictions, and suicide attempts than ever before?
According to Dr. Mary Pipher, we live in a looks-obsessed, media-saturated, "girl . Reviving Ophelia arms us with information we can use in helping our daughters grow to adulthood with their strength intact.” — Lincoln Star Journal “Pipher is an eloquent advocate [she] offers concrete suggestions for ways by which girls can build and maintain a strong sense of self.”Reviews: reviving ophelia saving the selves of adolescent girls media education foundation transcriptchallenging media.