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Alpha Girls: Understanding the New American Girl and How She Is Changing the World The bestselling coauthor of Raising Cain, hailed for its insights into the psyche of boys, breaks new ground with this startling picture of today s American girl independent, self confident, highly motivated and fundamentally different from previous generationsThere s a new type of teenage girl growing up in America today, and she is having a profound and beneficial influence on society That s the conclusion of Dr Dan Kindlon, the widely respected child and adolescent psychologist and the coauthor of the bestseller Raising Cain Dr Kindlon supports his startling discoveries about the new alpha girl with groundbreaking research, including profiles, case studies, questionnaires and In Alpha Girls, Dr Kindlon presents innovative, newsworthy material about teenage girls that directly contradicts the thesis of Reviving Ophelialooks at the many ways in which the accomplishments of the alpha girl s mother have helped to liberate her daughter examines the dramatically different relationship between father and daughter today and how it can transform a girl s psychological makeup, identity, and sense of selfPart of the first generation that is reaping the full benefits of the women s movement, today s American girl is maturing with a new sense of possibility and psychological emancipation Dr Kindlon provides us with an in depth portrait of the alpha girl a born leader who is ready to explode into adulthood and make her mark on the world and, by her example, serve as an inspiration for women everywhere What I wanted was a well researched, meaty book that would motivate and inspire me as a mother What I got was fabricated research and conclusions dispensed as fact It was very fluffy, like a magazine article that somehow came in hardcover While I love, love, love the topic, See Jane Win and Flux are much better books. I give it 2 and a half The book buys into the so called post feminist hype of the 2000 s, when so many young women assumed the world was now their oyster and choice in every aspect of their lives was now possible Over the past five oryears, we ve grown increasingly aware of how much feminism still has to accomplish in order to create the world these girls thought they were living in I kept wondering, what will these girls think once they get out into the business world or academia Wi I give it 2 and a half The book buys into the so called post feminist hype of the 2000 s, when so many young women assumed the world was now their oyster and choice in every aspect of their lives was now possible Over the past five oryears, we ve grown increasingly aware of how much feminism still has to accomplish in order to create the world these girls thought they were living in I kept wondering, what will these girls think once they get out into the business world or academia Will they still find it so easy to have it all This book was referenced by one of the other books I read recently, Manning Up, and it certainly reads well as a companion to that newer work Published in 2006, this book s research was done in part to refute some of the earlier literature about young women works like Reviving Ophelia and Queen Bees and Wannabes which suggested that girls were emotionally vulnerable, felt threatened or intimidated by boys, and struggled with self image and body issues throughout adolescence Kindlon arg This book was referenced by one of the other books I read recently, Manning Up, and it certainly reads well as a companion to that newer work Published in 2006, this book s research was done in part to refute some of the earlier literature about young women works like Reviving Ophelia and Queen Bees and Wannabes which suggested that girls were emotionally vulnerable, felt threatened or intimidated by boys, and struggled with self image and body issues throughout adolescence Kindlon argues that these images of young women are outdated and passe, that today s young women are assertive, bold, and go getters He looks at the role of parents in the development of their daughters ideas of gender roles, examines the academic and school environments for young women, and the impact that these alpha girls are having on the role of young men.Kindlon s primary research was conducted through interviews with 113 girls, as well as a questionnaire administered to over nine hundred adolescent boys and girls throughout North America, an admittedly small survey sample, and one which was skewed towards private schools and affluent, white communities Kindlon also cautions that his arguments apply primarily to western, first world societies However, he does provide counterarguments in the form of interviews with other professionals and researchers, as well as acknowledging that much progress still needs to be made for girls who have less opportunities and resources available to them from birth Still, Kindlon s enthusiasm for the new Alpha Girl seems to toss boys to the side, as he closes one chapter, Perhaps the coming generations of feminized men may be happier than men of the past men will be able to drop some of the burden of maleness and becomeloving The alphas will provide fishing for termites, bring home the bacon while men will haveof a chance to indulge themselves in sublimely pointless play 176 as if women want to hearexcuses for immature behavior from men Rings true to this classroom teacherAs a classroom teacher that first came into the profession at the height of the Reviving Ophelia type of research done by Mary Pipher I have participated in classes, seminars and training sessions about how girls are being short changed in the classroom and in our culture It was not until I ran across some research I was doing in my Master s Degree program some 15 years later that my eyes were opened to a new possibility the girls are, on the whole, doi Rings true to this classroom teacherAs a classroom teacher that first came into the profession at the height of the Reviving Ophelia type of research done by Mary Pipher I have participated in classes, seminars and training sessions about how girls are being short changed in the classroom and in our culture It was not until I ran across some research I was doing in my Master s Degree program some 15 years later that my eyes were opened to a new possibility the girls are, on the whole, doing just fine The boys, on the other hand, are falling by the wayside in heart cringing numbers Go to any public school and you can just about guarantee that 7 orof the top ten will be girls Look at the special education numbers and 7 out of 10 will be boys.Dan Kindlon s Alpha Girls Understanding the New American Girl and How She Is Changing the World does not address what is going on with boys, but it does look at a relatively new phenomenon the hyper achieving academically gifted, socially skilled, generally athletic, well connected Alpha Girls.What makes an Alpha Girl Readat

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