Reviving Ophelia Analysis

Essay by babysprinkle16High School, 11th gradeA+, March 2002

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The book Reviving Ophelia, by Mary Pipher, PH.D., is described as "An eye-opening look at the everyday dangers of being young and female, and how adults can help." The main points of this book are to teach the world that growing up as an adolescent girl can be very hard, and while the outside world is changing around them, their insides are changing too. Between about 12-17 are especially hard ages for females. Mary Pipher describes the different reasons for this, mostly having to do with America's "poisonous" culture, and how parents can help their daughters.

In Reviving Ophelia, Mary Pipher gives examples of many patients that she has seen over the years as a therapist. She writes about girls who have promiscuous sex, take drugs, smoke cigarettes, and abuse alcohol. She tells of girls with eating disorders, who refuse to go to school, and cut themselves. Dr. Pipher writes that in the beginning of her career as a therapist, she couldn't really understand why the numbers of pre-teen and teenage girls have such severe psychological problems.

Analyzing American culture, she concluded that we live in an age that poisons girls, and the images they have of themselves. She tells about girls (and women) sacrificing their true selves for a false self that will please others, and make them fit the role as a woman.

Mary Pipher takes on a few psychological perspectives in this book, none very strictly though. For one, she has some Sociocultural views. She writes about the poisoning culture of America. Saying that our world is a girl-hating, pain-inflicting place, she seems to be talking about our world as America, not including other countries. Maybe in other countries, girls feel better about themselves and grow up with less emotional and psychological problems, she does...