By Nancy Jo Sales
Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Ask.fm. Tinder. The dominant strength within the lives of women coming of age in the US this present day is social media. What it really is doing to a whole iteration of younger girls is the topic of award-winning Vanity Fair author Nancy Jo Sales's riveting and explosive American Girls.
With awesome intimacy and precision, revenues captures what it sounds like to be a woman in the USA today. From Montclair to big apple and la, from Florida and Arizona to Texas and Kentucky, revenues crisscrossed the rustic, talking to greater than 2 hundred women, a long time 13 to nineteen, and documenting an enormous swap within the method women are turning out to be up, a phenomenon that transcends race, geography, and family income. American Girls presents a demanding portrait of the tip of early life as we all know it and of the inexorable and ubiquitous adventure of a brand new form of adolescence-one ruled by way of new social and sexual norms, the place a girl's first crushes and studies of longing and romance happen in an sped up digital surroundings; the place problems with id and vanity are magnified and remodeled through social structures that offer immediate judgment. What does it suggest to be a lady in the US in 2016? It capability coming of age on-line in a hypersexualized tradition that has normalized severe habit, from pornography to the informal alternate of nude photos; a tradition rife with a virulent new pressure of sexism and a occasionally self-undermining idea of feminist empowerment; a tradition within which children are spending rather a lot time on know-how and social media that they're no longer constructing uncomplicated communique talents. From good looks specialists to slut-shaming to a disconcerting pattern of exhibitionism, Nancy Jo revenues offers a stunning window into the troubling international of today's teenage girls.
Provocative and pressing, American Girls is destined to ignite a much-needed dialog approximately how we will support our daughters and sons negotiate unheard of new challenges.
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