Her Lyss-ness (ladyofarvent ) wrote in ___books ,

Reviving Ophelia

I just finished reading Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher, which I found to be a very interesting book. I have two main issues with it.

1) The Hamlet reference in the title is just badly-done. Ophelia killed herself because her father was murdered by her lover, and not because of pressure to conform. And Ophelia's not an adolescent.

2) It seems to be that her sample group was fairly flawed, as she only used her patients as the basis for her book. Teens who go to a psychiatrist generally will, on average, have more issues than teens who don't.

However, it raised a lot of interesting points, like the frightening lack of respect for female sexual boundaries, the effect of the media and double-standards, among other things. It made me think.

Anyone else read it and care to discuss?

(and if anyone would care to know, I'm now reading French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano. I generally don't read this much nonfiction, but for some reason I am now...)
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