Girl Positive: Supporting Girls To Shape A New World by Tatiana Fraser

Girl Positive: Supporting Girls To Shape A New World

byTatiana Fraser, Caia Hagel

Hardcover | September 20, 2016

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Hailed by Sophie Grégoire Trudeau as a "call-to-action" in these newly policiticized times, Girl Positive showcases the diverse voices of girls across North America, and drawing on the wisdom of young women making positive change in their lives and communities, offer tools for families, friends and educators to assist this empowerment.

      Girl Positive takes an engaging, cutting-edge view of the cultural, social and political issues facing girls today. Looking closely at topics from social media, sexual violence, hypersexuality and cyberspace identities to girls transforming the world as leaders and agents of change, Girl Positive offers stories of struggle and victory, and brings to light where today’s girls are finding new paths to empowerment. Tatiana Fraser and Caia Hagel explore these insights and challenges with depth, compassion and a sense of adventure.

      The authors travelled from Montreal to Toronto, New Haven, Whitehorse, Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Francisco, Detroit and the Wemindji Cree Nation in northern Quebec, to hang out in coffee shops, dance studios, classrooms, gyms, skate parks, beaches and bedrooms, and talk with school girls, college students and young women in their early careers. Interspersed with their narratives is advice and input from experts in media, health, race and gender politics, sexuality, education and leadership. Each chapter also includes a Survival Kit, which offers tips and discussion questions for girls and the adults in their lives. 

      Through Fraser and Hagel’s journey readers will learn how to better equip themselves to support girls (and boys)—as parents, friends, educators, mentors and activists. Girl Positive celebrates all girls, illuminates emerging culture and fresh politics, and shows us the future in the making.

About The Author

TATIANA FRASER is a writer, speaker, activist and social innovator. Co-founder and past Executive Director of Girls Action Foundation, Fraser is recognized as a Global Ashoka Fellow and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Powerful Women by The Women’s Executive Network. Through movement building, education and innovation, her work advanc...

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Title:Girl Positive: Supporting Girls To Shape A New WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.27 × 6.29 × 1.21 inPublished:September 20, 2016Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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“We spent many hours talking with girls and really listening to what they had to say. We wanted to find out how they see themselves, how they make sense of their worlds and how they are living—if they are thriving, coping or struggling (hint: it’s often all of the above). We wanted to understand their relationship to pop culture; we wanted to know what they think of social media, sexuality, the Internet and the changing world; we were curious to hear from them on social and envi­ronmental issues such as emerging technologies, poverty and climate change. We wanted to discover how these forces are shaping their expe­riences and concerns, and how they, in turn, are shaping these realms.” 

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Hello from Us to You 1
Introduction: Why Girls? 4

1. UNFINISHED BUSINESS 10
Challenges New and Old 12
Our Mothers, Ourselves 13
Secrets, Shadows and Violence 17
Rock On! 18
About the Survival Kit 19

2. DISEMPOWERED AND DUPED? CALIFORNIA GIRLS 20
Girl Power and the Economy of Visibility 26
Army-Style Surveillance and Fitting In 28
At Venice Beach 32
Re-imagining Beauty in San Francisco 35
Mission Girls 41
A Dialogue with the Beyoncé Expert 44
Girls Online: From Citizens to Political Doyennes 46
Gamer Girls Creating Culture 50
Survival Kit 53

3. I’M SEXY AND I KNOW IT: MARAUDING THROUGH MONTREAL, PART 1 58
Desire 60
Reactions, Convolutions and Contradictions 67
Sexting and Selfies: The Legal Fall 69
Sex-Positive Parenting 73
The Pornification of Culture: The New Sex Ed 76
Head & Hands: From Porn to Sex-Positive Sex Ed 81
Survival Kit 89


4. INSIDE THE HYPERSEXUALITY HYPE: MARAUDING THROUGH MONTREAL, PART 2 94
The Hypersexualization of Girls: The APA Report 100
Smarter Than We Think 102
Good Girl/Bad Girl 106
Money and the Corporate Valley of the Dolls 109
Wise Words from the Sexologist 114
Project Slut 116
Survival Kit 120

5. WHO GETS TO "LEAN IN" 122
The School Trip: First Stop, Toronto 125
Second Stop, New Haven 130
The School-to-Prison Pipeline 135
Working Upstream: Restorative and Trauma-Informed Responses 138
The Role of Caring Adults 140
All Girls Are Not Alike 145
Survival Kit 147

6. NAMING THE UNNAMED: TWERKING IN DETROIT, PART 1 150
Navigating Sex, Power and Agency 152
Sports and Social Innovation 158
Naming Sexual Violence 160
Survival Kit 168

7. BLURRED LINES AND GREY ZONES: NAMING THE UNNAMED, PART 2 170
The Rehtaeh Parsons Case 171
Sexual Violence: A (Sad) Fact of Life 174
Fighting Back 176
Survival Kit 182

8. CUTTING IS NORMAL: MEETING "LEAPING FEATS" IN WHITEHORSE 186
Day One with Pressure 188
Day Two with Pressure 192
Why Do Girls Cut Themselves? A Closer Look 196
Depression, Resilience and New Ideas for Coping 200
Binge Drinking and Substance Use 202
Day Three with Pressure: Resilience 205
Survival Kit 209

9. POWER PLAYING: ROLLING WITH THE DERBY GIRLS 212
Where Girls Access Power 215
Debunking the Bully: Band-Aids and Root Causes 217
Demystifying the Mean Girl: Channelling Girl Anger 222
Demystifying Violent Girls: Overpoliced and Underprotected 228
Girl Power with Depth and Meaning 232
Survival Kit 234

10. WHAT ABOUT THE BOYS? 236
Secrets of Boyhood 239
Porn and Pleasure 246
Emotions and Video Games 249
Boys and Consent 252
Change 255
Survival Kit 259

11. CRACKS THROUGH THE CRACKS: GIRLS IN THE FAR NORTH 262
A Night at the Youth Centre 264
The Youth Centre’s Backstory 266
Valentine’s Day 267
Legacy and Opportunity 270
Lunch with Megan 273
Survival Kit 279
 
12. GIRLS AS CHANGEMAKERS: GOING LOCAL AND GLOBAL 282
The Dinner Party 287
Connecting the Local to the Global 293
Zoe 295
Survival Kit 299

Conclusion: Hotel Thoughts 302
Endnotes 306
Permissions
Acknowledgements 318
Index 320

Editorial Reviews

“Tatiana Fraser and Caia Hagel’s Girl Positive couldn’t have come at a better time. With U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump injecting the most loathsome and retrograde attitudes into the popular discourse on what feels like an hourly basis, a book like this arrives as a corrective, indeed a righteous counter-blast. . . . The stars of this book are the girls and young women doing the talking, and it’s their voices—unguarded, touching, b.s.-free—that will stay with you.” —The Gazette“[A] diverse, in-depth take on modern girlhood and the importance of mentorship. . . . The book opens the girlhood franchise to all young women, breaking out of the white, middle-class status quo that dominates popular culture. Girl Positive . . . also serves as something of a contemporary handbook on how to encourage girls to develop a clear sense of autonomy and individuality.” —Flare“[A] hopeful exploration of what it means to be a girl in 2016 and beyond.” —Toronto Star “Tatiana Fraser and Caia Hagel are out to change girl culture. . . . Girl Positive . . . spotlights real-life struggles, like the crushing pressure to meet beauty standards.” —Chatelaine“You need to read this new Trudeau-approved book about mentoring girls. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau says this new book is a ‘call to action’ and it totally is. Consider it your handbook on how to encourage girls to be strong and independent.” —Today’s Parent“This book is about the real, sometimes awkward, essential conversation that can be a life-altering opportunity if we as parents, youth, mentors, teachers and citizens take an honest look at ourselves. In 2016, here in Canada and abroad, women still can’t walk their journey through life with the same feeling of freedom as men. The objectification of the female body, the normalization of pornography, and rape language and culture is destroying the self-esteem of our girls and is an insult to the spirit of our boys.  This inequality takes a toll on the health of women’s and men’s psyches as well. The world is paying a high price for this imbalance on economic, social and spiritual grounds. The human soul has no gender; girls and boys, women and men must come together to build a more just and peaceful society. This is a call to action. Words matter. Actions speak louder. Let’s get moving.” —Sophie Grégoire Trudeau “I was moved to tears first at the possibility of a world where girls can grow up individual, different, free, safe and proud. A world where a female president is not an aberration, a world where little girls can be little girls and dream out loud. A world where girls have a voice and can become women without guilt or fear to shape the lives that become them best. Fraser and Hagel make a strong case for such a world. But Girl Positive is all about the girls, their voices, their particular visions and stories. It’s in their words, all together, in one voice coming in loud and clear. It’s that voice that we can no longer ignore. It’s that voice that will win in the end and when it does, we will all win.” —Agathe Snow, artist and performer “Timely. Generous. Accessible. Provocative. I hope every teacher, health-care professional, social worker, policy maker and parent will read.” —Michael Kaufman, co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign (the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women) and author of The Possibility of Dreaming on a Night Without Stars “Equal parts smart, sassy and savage, Girl Positive will inspire girls around the world.” — Sam Maggs, author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy“As exciting and candid as a late-night dorm room discussion, Girl Positive knows the issues young women face today are similar to previous generations, but on a much more complex level—like a video game’s highest difficulty setting. Anyone reading this book, no matter how alone they might feel in real life, will become totally enveloped by the community of funny, smart and inspiring young people who populate it. Best of all, Girl Positive, which treats young women with respect for their intellect and choices that is all too rare these days, proves the kids are all right—and will be, as long as they can benefit from the celebration of strength, intelligence and positivity that Tatiana Fraser and Caia Hagel know is at the core of every teenage girl navigating the world today.” —Duana Taha, author of The Name Therapist and contributor on LaineyGossip.com