Download Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk about Sexuality by Deborah L. Tolman PDF

By Deborah L. Tolman

Be attractive yet now not sexual. do not be a prude yet do not be a slut. those are the cultural messages that barrage teenage ladies. In videos and magazines, in track and recommendation columns, ladies are portrayed because the item or the sufferer of somebody else's desire--but nearly by no means as an individual with applicable sexual emotions of her personal. What teenage women make of those contradictory messages, and what they make in their awakening sexuality--so far-off from and but so vulnerable to cultural stereotypes--emerges for the 1st time in frank and complicated type in Deborah Tolman's Dilemmas of wish. a different investigate the area of adolescent sexuality, this booklet deals an intimate and infrequently annoying, occasionally inspiring, photo of the way teenage women adventure, comprehend, and reply to their sexual emotions, and of the way society mediates, shapes, and distorts this adventure. In huge interviews, we pay attention as genuine adolescent girls--both city and suburban--speak candidly in their interest and confusion, their excitement and sadness, their fears, defiance, or capitulation within the face of a probably imperishable double average that smiles upon burgeoning sexuality in boys but frowns, even panics, at its identical in ladies. As a vibrant evocation of women negotiating the most vexing problems with formative years, and as a considerate, richly educated exam of the dilemmas those women face, this readable and revealing booklet starts the severe paintings of knowing the sexuality of younger girls in all its own, social, and emotional value. (20021101)

Show description

Read or Download Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk about Sexuality PDF

Similar parenting books

The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby

May you and your child either sleep greater should you shared a mattress? How previous is just too outdated for breastfeeding? what's a father's function in nurturing a infant? How does early attachment foster a child's eventual independence? Dr. invoice and Martha Sears -- the doctor-and-nurse, husband-and-wife staff who coined the time period "attachment parenting" -- resolution those and plenty of extra questions during this useful, inspiring consultant.

Four Waifs on our Doorstep

At 11 o' clock one evening in 1997, 4 hungry, broken childrens arrive on foster carers Trisha and Mike Merry's doorstep. social employees dropped them off with not anything however the ragged outfits they have been donning and no details. the kids have been lined in bruises, had black eyes, one had a damaged arm and so they have been all scratching themselves.

Every Child Ready to Read: Literacy Tips for Parents

All mom and dad wish their kids to learn good and to succeed–and specialists agree that enhancing literacy starts at beginning. studying aloud on your baby, sharing basic video games and wordplay, and constructing letter wisdom commence your baby off at the correct foot for faculty and existence. Now the esteemed Lee Pesky studying heart has created this straightforward, available reference for folks to aid foster larger literacy talents in youngsters.

Conversations With the Children of Now: Crystal, Indigo, and Star Kids Speak About the World, Life, and the Coming 2012 Shift

This wonderful new ebook introduces the realm to a couple of the very designated and proficient childrens who have been defined in Meg Blackburn Losey's the youngsters of Now. the kids of Now replaced paradigms of the way we elevate, educate, and nurture our youngsters, and created expertise that upload, ADHD, and autism simply may not be what we idea.

Extra info for Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk about Sexuality

Sample text

Another approach is to be ambivalent about desire. Neither denying themselves desire nor embracing it unequivocally, these girls err on the side of danger, without completely sacrificing pleasure, living in constant fear that they are crossing into territory that leaves them completely vulnerable and without any recourse to protection. Chapter 5 covers girls who describe a sense of entitlement to their sexual desire. Some of them describe openly engaging in a micropolitics of their own desire. Yet with rare exception, these girls also identify and deal with their desire as a personal dilemma; their solution is to create safe spaces for sexual desire within their social and relational circumstances.

Inez describes a body that is present yet 22 getting beyond “it just happened” not feeling; a self that is not there, that does not act but is acted upon, that does not contribute or even “notice”; a body that is “limp” rather than alive or engaged. From this perspective, Inez’s story is about how she disappears when she has sex for the first time—literally and figuratively. ” In this story, there is no hint that her own sexual desire was part of her first experience of sexual intercourse. Inez’s story illustrates how, by disallowing female sexual desire, we manufacture danger and risk by throwing a roadblock in the pathway of girls’ psychosocial development, psychological health, and ability to form authentic relationships.

Almost all of the suburban participants attended. After discussing confidentiality, a concept they were familiar with from their family-life education classes and took seriously, they asked me what I meant by desire, why I was doing this study, why they in particular had been selected, what I planned to do with the information they gave me. In contrast, the group meeting at the urban school was a complete flop. Most of the girls who agreed to be in the study said they would come to the group, but fewer than half actually came, and no one wanted to ask any questions.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.56 of 5 – based on 38 votes