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What's Happening to Our Girls?

Too much, Too soon, How our kids are overstimulated, oversold and oversexed

What's Happening to Our Girls?Why are girls as young as five years old concerned about their looks and addicted to shopping?

Why are they having sex and binge-drinking so young, responding to chat-room predators, and bullying their peers via email and text messages?

Why are depression, cutting and eating disorders on the rise, and why, with so much choice, do so many just want to marry young and have babies?

In a few short years our girls have become vulnerable – not just teen girls, but also young girls and baby girls. They are being forced to grow up faster than ever before. What a twelve-year-old girl experienced at seven is not what a seven-year-old girl is now struggling with. Many of the guidelines we offer girls no longer apply, or are contradicted by messages from media and advertising telling girls how to look, think, behave and feel.

Over two year Maggie Hamilton interviewed girls, teachers, school counsellors, psychologists, and law enforcement and medical personnel to get an insider’s view on what girls are experiencing at present from birth to the teenage years.

Informed, revealed, compassionate and at times shocking, What’s Happening to Our Girls? is a book for parents and all those who want to better understand and support girls.

Reading group notes for What’s Happening to Our Girls? are also available online.

Links to media coverage of What’s Happening to Our Girls?

Techno Junk Separates Teens From Parents, Stephen Lunn, The Australian, 3 August 2009

Maggie In Conversation with Richard Fidler, ABC Radio

Maggie on Life Matters With Richard Aedy, ABC Radio

Maggie on Mornings with Margaret Throsby, ABC Radio

Alarming milestones for young Australian girls, The Daily Telegraph

Early Responses to What’s Happening to Our Girls?

'As Maggie shows in this great book, as fathers and mothers we don't know it all. If we want to find real solutions for our girls, we need to really listen to our daughters.' - Stephen Boston, father of three girls

'What’s Happening to Our Girls? moves parenting into the twenty-first century by highlighting the power of outside forces in shaping the personalities, morality and ultimate wellbeing of our daughters … Although directed at raising girls, the message is equally important for those parenting boys. This work is a must-read for both parents and young adults attempting to understand and bridge the generation gap.' - Bill O’Hehir, senior psychologist

'Having worked with men and boys for 20 years, I was amazed, fascinated and quite horrified to read such a succinct and well-documented account of all the issues facing girls today. The pressures created by society’s expectations and the marketing evil that is being unleashed on our girls means that every parent should read this book as a way of understanding what is really going on, and what they can do.' - Dr Arne Rubinstein MBBS, FRACGP, CEO, Pathways Foundation

Viking, Penguin A$26.95


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