If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters. For example, she will discuss The Body Project, which is written and intended for mothers, daughters, teachers, students, historians and others interested in the health and welfare of contemporary adolescent girls, on NBC's "Today Show" on Sept. Her analysis on the paradigm shift in girls' self perception from the l9th to 20th century, however, is of particular interest to American psychologists. The film is a master class in dark comedy but found a bit of its bite reduced after Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris shot up Columbine High School inwith an eerily similar plan to balance the social scales. Never judge a book by its cover and never torture a duckling.
For example, she will discuss The Body Project, which is written and intended for mothers, daughters, teachers, students, historians and others interested in the health and welfare of contemporary adolescent girls, on NBC's "Today Show" on Sept.
Heavily illustrated with photographs to depict changing views of American womanhood over the decades, The Body Project traces the shifts in how girls think and feel about their bodies now that they menstruate and lose their virginity at much earlier ages than ever before and try to cope with a consumer and media-driven culture that "seduces them into thinking that the body and sexual expression are their most important projects. She seeks to better understand why girls today view "good looks" as the highest form of female perfection, unlike girls years ago who strived for "good works. Brumberg then presents a social history of acne, pointing out how skin care was the first of many different body investments made by middle-class parents to achieve a new ideal of physical perfection in their daughters; orthodontia, weight-loss camps, contact lenses and plastic surgery all followed. Such trends have led to sexual coercion of young girls, the demise of chastity as an ideal, the waning of virginity, the rise of sexually active girls throughout middle America and dwindling parental power. Brumberg's research and writing on adolescent girls has received the support of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation. Brumberg calls for a new era of "girl advocacy" in which multigenerational dialogues on sexual ethics would better prepare girls in ways that go far deeper than the simple maxim, "Just say no. Rose McGowan and James Duval play teens Amy Blue and Jordan White, who pick up sexy drifter Xavier Red Jonathan Schaech and head out on a sex, drug and violence-filled spree across America, where teenage nihilism meets hazy sexuality in a blender of conservative values and crystal meth.