Girls on the Edge, by Dr. Leonard Sax

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Girls on the Edge by Dr. Leonard Sax, is all about the things that are driving a crisis for girls. The book cites sexual identity, the cyberbubble, obsesssions, and environmental toxins as the four main factors. The book is 272 pages and was published by Basic Books in July of 2011 and sells for around 13 dollars for a paperback copy or 20 for the hardcover edition. The book begins with an explanation of teenagers and how they are different from the teenagers of 50 years ago. More and more teenagers are depressed, and on medication. The author states that teenagers now are on alot more medications than the teenagers of the past. In the first part of the book Dr. Sax discusses the four forementioned factors he believes are affecting the…show more content…
The next story discussed by Sax was of Emily, the star student. Her sense of self was defined by her academic achievement just as another briefly mentioned girl, Lauren, was obsessed with her weight. I do agree with what Sax says on this subject and I can relate to many aspects. I do become obsessed with my appearance at times, and I can see how girls can feel pressured to do so. Sax concludes with more advice to parents. He advises to listen to what your daughter has to say, if she says she’s wired, sleepless, or the like, that should raise some concern. The last part of this chapter is all about the dangers alcohol and how it affects girls and cutting. He states that it is more damaging to girls than it is to boys, and how drinking affirms the gender roles of men and ruins them for girls. Drinking is manly, throwing up all over is not very ladylike. The next part of the chapter is about cutting. There are two distinct types of people who cut, those who do it as a cry for help, and those who do it pathologically. The latter will hide it, while the former will wear short sleeves. The fourth chapter is all about the environmental toxins “our daughters” as Dr. Sax puts it, are putting on their skin in the form of lotions or makeup, and other toxins that are in the food they eat or the drinks they consume. This chapter opens with an explanation of puberty and moves into a discussion of how children learn. Sax essentially believes that

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