I just gave a copy to Brittany, 22. My daughter 16 is reading it. I'm almost 50 and have a hard time putting it down. My husband too, This is not just a book for girls /women from all backgrounds and cultures but it is also such an important book for boys/men and transgender people to read too. ALL people in our society. I was nervous about my daughters experiences with their emerging sexuality in an era of sexting, access to limitless information/media on the internet and increasing violence in our society. Girl Positive examines this and so many more issues. Through their conversations with real girls living their lives, Tatiana Fraser and Caia Hagel explore what girls (ranging in age from 9 into their late 20's) face day to day and what they are doing and creating in order to have healthy, positive experiences in every realm of their lives. The conversations that Hagel and Fraser have in Girl Positive can be life changing, could have been life changing for generations like me who did not have them with our own mothers. Girl Positive also explores double standards that women/girls have faced for decades and still face today. They ask many questions about why these double standards still exist. Their answers are a brilliant, ongoing shared process that is carefully researched and guided by conversations with girls of all ages and all backgrounds living this rich and diverse continent of North America. We as a society need to understand and be aware of the challenges that are sad and horrifying for girls. Girl Positive celebrates original girls with authentic voices who tell their stories and who are making changes. There are waves and waves of girl power moving through this continent, this world as girls become more empowered. Girl Positive teaches us to be aware, to take a role, large or small in this dialogue, this creation. Every chapter has resources that allows readers to go into more depth in all subjects and be involved in local or national movements of change. I loved reading about girls in Montreal where I live, Northern Canada where I grew up about places I have never been. Whether they are Indigenous girls in the Yukon, girls in the inner city of Detroit or university students in L.A. I heard their authentic voice and I was inspired. Thank you Tatiana and Caia. Philippa Woolley
This book really moved me. Yes, it's about girls, and I loved hearing all of their stories from so many places and realities. But Girl Positive is also about life and how to live better by all playing our part in co-creating tomorrow. Whether through self-care or through standing up against injustice or through subtler things like catching ourselves holding attitudes that prevent change and progress, it's an excellent read full of amazing tips and inspiring stories. I couldn't put it down.
This book is the best traveling buddy I couldn't ask for. A beautiful network of exceptional women willing to get REAL -- a personal & generously OPEN conversation, very playful, provocative, smart, funny, insightful and inspired. " The Objectification of the Female Body, the normalization of Pornography, and rape language and culture is destroying the self-esteem of our girls and is an insult to the spirit of our boys"
MUST READ - especially after what happened on 11/9 .. For a more peaceful World for All