Reviving Ophelia – Be everything, be nothing

July 3, 2021

Up for reblog today is a necessary and poignant book that broke my heart a little when I read it.

Why?

That would take longer to answer…

How does one explain that some of the very same fears and beliefs permeate our “older-than-adolescent” minds and bodies?

To be clear: Even my own 62-year old mind and body. What *does* it mean to be a post-menopausal senior, crone, and wise woman?

Maybe I should write that book, eh?

But I digress.

This book is about our young women. They’ll need it. We all need it.

The Self-Help Whisperer®

“Adolescence is when girls experience social pressure to put aside their authentic selves and to display only a small portion of their gifts.” 

“Girls struggles with mixed messages: Be beautiful, but beauty is only skin deep. Be sexy, but not sexual. Be honest, but don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. Be independent, but be nice. Be smart, but not so smart you threaten boys.” 

― Mary Pipher, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher, PH.D. is a powerful book.  It should also be read by every parent of daughters, preferably while the child is young.

The cover says it’s about saving “the selves” of adolescent girls but really, I would add “souls”… because it’s how it made me feel to read it. Oh, how I wish I’d had this book as a mother to my own teenaged girls. My girls were teenagers when it came out –…

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