A one-of-a-kind book for adolescent girls,
addressing major teen concerns such as body image and sexuality,
pointing the way to a new way of being yourself. If your body is tired
of being talked at, judged, bitched about, sneered at, drooled over,
Every day girls have to live with an intrusive unspoken world that
is continuously sizing them up how they look, feel, rate, sound, what
they say, when, to whom and they deal with it by themselves as best
they can. This book recognises that girls are looking for ways to
manage and enjoy the media-driven, sex-saturated social world they live
in without simply rejecting it, or feeling overwhelmed by it. With a
message that is post-Beauty Myth doom and gloom, BODY TALK grounds the
new commercialised individualism of the Girl Power message through a
focus on empowerment and strength for every girl. The empowerment comes
from girls getting connected rather than getting competitive. While
many teen books emphasise adolescent physical changes BODY TALK
uniquely examines the social impact of such changes, and the body talk
, both positive and negative, that results. Using simple and often
humorous methods, it offers girls new ways of body talking .
Packed with quotes from teen girls, BODY TALK is inspirational, funky
and accessible. It provides girls with a new way of being in the world,
just when they need it the most.
About The Author
Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd is a lecturer in cultural and women s studies
at Edith Cowan University, WA. Previously she was Director of the
Centre for Research for Women. She has a psychology background and
teaches communication skills at tertiary and government level. In
addition to academic publication, she has also written for newspapers
and magazines including the teen magazine GIRLFRIEND. She has a
fourteen-year-old daughter and teenage sisters.
Dr Abigail Bray has published and lectured on eating disorders,
media constructions of femininity, female sexuality and adolescence.
Her book, HELENE CIXOUS:WRITING AND SEXUAL DIFFERENCE, was released
internationally by Palgrave in 2003. She has two teenage sisters.
Both Elizabeth and Abigail are dual Australian/British citizens who
live and work in Australia and the UK. They are in their early thirties.