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Girlhood, by Melissa Febos

17 reviews

rmperezpadilla's review

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Beautifully written & compelling; not for me right now. Look forward to coming back to it later. 

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bowlofnicole's review

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challenging informative reflective medium-paced

5.0


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bert22's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional inspiring reflective sad 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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kirstym25's review

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challenging reflective medium-paced

4.0


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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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emotional reflective medium-paced

3.5


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anniefwrites's review

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challenging dark emotional hopeful reflective sad tense medium-paced

5.0

Wow. You know a book is good when you want to go back and reread it right away. Melissa Febos's essay collection attributes microscopic attention to her past and finds common threads that weave together internalized misogyny, lack of agency, and stifled exploration of identity and sexuality. She has such a distinct voice and uses such inventive imagery to welcome the reader into her exhibition of vulnerability. For lack of a better word, this book is full of truth-bombs. I highlighted so much, and it's making me reflect on my own experiences as a girl growing up in a patriarchal society. An excellent read.

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