By Deborah L. Tolman
Be horny yet no longer sexual. do not be a prude yet do not be a slut. those are the cultural messages that barrage teenage women. In video clips and magazines, in track and recommendation columns, ladies are portrayed because the item or the sufferer of somebody else's desire--but almost by no means as somebody with applicable sexual emotions of her personal. What teenage ladies make of those contradictory messages, and what they make in their awakening sexuality--so far-off from and but so liable to cultural stereotypes--emerges for the 1st time in frank and complicated style in Deborah Tolman's Dilemmas of Desire.
A special investigate the realm of adolescent sexuality, this publication deals an intimate and infrequently annoying, occasionally inspiring, photo of ways teenage women event, comprehend, and reply to their sexual emotions, and of the way society mediates, shapes, and distorts this adventure. In wide interviews, we pay attention as real adolescent girls--both city and suburban--speak candidly in their interest and confusion, their excitement and sadness, their fears, defiance, or capitulation within the face of a probably imperishable double usual that smiles upon burgeoning sexuality in boys but frowns, even panics, at its an identical in girls.
As a brilliant evocation of ladies negotiating one of the most vexing problems with youth, and as a considerate, richly educated exam of the dilemmas those ladies face, this readable and revealing publication starts the severe paintings of knowing the sexuality of younger girls in all its own, social, and emotional significance.