Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls. Edited by Lyn Mikel Brown, New York, New York University Press; 2003. 258 pp. US $27.95 (hardcover)

Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls. Edited by Lyn Mikel Brown, New York, New York... Sex Roles, Vol. 52, Nos. 5/6, March 2005 ( 2005) DOI: 10.1007/s11199-005-2685-2 Book Review Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls. deconstructing the multiple factors at play in the Edited by Lyn Mikel Brown, New York, New development of girls’ social norms. It is meant to un- York University Press; 2003. 258 pp. US $27.95 dermine the persistent belief that girls and women (hardcover). are petty, catty, irrational, and mean by nature and the notion that girl-fighting is a “natural” stage of de- velopment. Central to Brown’s theory is that boys’ The widespread popularity of the portrayal of (or men’s) power and girls’ (or women’s) subordina- girls as catty, backstabbing, competitive, and mean to tion is the reason why girls fight with each other. Be- one another is disturbing. The prevalence of this im- cause girls are not encouraged to express their anger agery is increasingly apparent as recent movies such and frustration toward socially imposed gender in- as Mean Girls (2004, Paramount Pictures) showcase equalities, they are forced to take out their aggres- the indirect forms of aggression, such as social ex- sion on safer targets (i.e., other girls). When girls clusion, ridicule, and gossip, that girls sometimes use http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls. Edited by Lyn Mikel Brown, New York, New York University Press; 2003. 258 pp. US $27.95 (hardcover)

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 by Springer Science + Business Media, Inc.
Subject
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
ISSN
0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11199-005-2685-2
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