Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
by Rachel Simmons
I am about half way through this book and I think it is a MUST READ for both men and women. Every girl in the US (perhaps elsewhere) has been on at least one side or the other of a girl bully… usually most have been both. With as much progress as women have made, they are still suppressed from expressing themselves. This book was the result of a research project by Rachel Simmons and is a necessary look at girlhood and the experiences that woman have had and the challenges they face from their peers. Every manager, supervisor, executive, teacher, principal, father, grandfather, husband, boyfriend, mother, grandmother, aunt, uncle, sister, woman, daughter and brother should read this book. It was easy for me to remember my days of being bullied but until I read this, I didn’t realize I had expressed aggressive behaviors of my own. I already knew I had to change some ways of looking at things with my daughters to help them from falling into the same trappings that plague women still today, I just didn’t realize how many until I read this. I was shocked at how many unhealthy feminine “ideals” and stereotypes were ingrained in me until I saw it from this vantage.
This book is currently on sale in the bargain books section at Barnes and Noble. It is a national bestseller and is an American School Board Journal Notable Book in Education.