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 song and suggestion columns, ladies are portrayed because the item or the sufferer of somebody else's desire--but almost by no means as a person 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 prone to cultural stereotypes--emerges for the 1st time in frank and complicated style in Deborah Tolman's Dilemmas of Desire.
A certain look at the realm of adolescent sexuality, this booklet deals an intimate and infrequently demanding, occasionally inspiring, photograph of the way teenage ladies event, comprehend, and reply to their sexual emotions, and of the way society mediates, shapes, and distorts this adventure. In vast interviews, we pay attention as real adolescent girls--both city and suburban--speak candidly in their interest and confusion, their excitement and unhappiness, their fears, defiance, or capitulation within the face of a probably imperishable double typical that smiles upon burgeoning sexuality in boys but frowns, even panics, at its identical in girls.
As a vibrant evocation of women negotiating essentially the most vexing problems with youth, and as a considerate, richly proficient exam of the dilemmas those women face, this readable and revealing e-book starts off the severe paintings of figuring out the sexuality of younger girls in all its own, social, and emotional significance.