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Girlhood, by Melissa Febos

19 reviews

inked_bookworm's review

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challenging emotional informative

4.25


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flairofclaire's review

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challenging emotional reflective medium-paced

4.25


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bowlofnicole's review

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challenging informative reflective medium-paced

5.0


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jnlundy's review

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challenging dark emotional funny reflective medium-paced

4.25


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clarekistler16's review

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emotional inspiring reflective sad fast-paced

5.0


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smalika's review

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the book was beautifully written but very heavy. the literary references were challenging as a reader and it felt a bit repetitive. 

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eed8's review

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challenging emotional reflective medium-paced

3.75


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savvylit's review

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emotional informative reflective sad slow-paced

5.0

"These, once again, were events - not assaults, not victimizations, but not what I would call healthy sexual experimentation. That is, experiences that separated rather than integrated. I want to say that they were not 'normal' experiences, but, unfortunately, I think that one of the reasons we have no language to distinguish them is that such experiences are quite normal."

In Girlhood, Febos articulates the physical and emotional tolls of developing womanhood. The discomfort of getting used to the male gaze, the double standards of heterosexuality, the pressure to be polite and accommodating, the inherent fear of male violence, the purity myth, unenthusiastic consent, and so much more.

While many of the subjects discussed in Girlhood aren't necessarily groundbreaking by themselves, it's the way that Febos approaches them that is so unique and insightful. Febos blends personal anecdotes with experiences from other women and with analyses of cultural touchstones. For instance, in her essay about what it means to be defined as a 'slut', Febos analyzes the implications of the film Easy A.

Febos gives an eloquent voice to the hurt caused by pervasive & nebulous forms of sexual harassment, manipulation, and empty consent. Reading these essays felt like discovering a gift that I have always wanted - always needed - to read.

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natalielkelly7's review

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emotional reflective medium-paced

4.0


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emotional reflective medium-paced

4.0


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