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What Should We Tell Our Daughters?: The Pleasures and Pressures of Growing Up Female Hardcover – 26 Sep 2013
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Praise for Melissa Benn's writing:
'Brilliant' The Times
'Insightful, deeply affecting' Time Out
'Extraordinary . . . and emotional and political tour-de-force' Independent on Sunday
'You won't be able to put it down' Tatler
Benn grapples eloquently with character, self, confidence, anger, the unquantifiable but elemental traits that make us human...but it is her call to the mind and the soul that I will outright steal: I believe we owe our daughters curiosity: the chance to be, or become, strangers, even to us, as we inquire of, and show are selves willing to hear, wishes and dreams we may never have imagined (Financial Times)
A Bible for . . .
Any young woman who has ever doubted herself,
Any brilliant mind who has ever felt unworthy for not carrying off the latest faddy fashion trend or sexualised beauty look.
(All Walks blog)
Any modern-day Goddess who feels destabilised and lost.
An intelligent and captivating read . . . you'll want to lock yourself away and devour it from beginning to end (Psychologies)
Wide-ranging, thoughtful, even-handed . . . Her forensic approach adds valuable nuance (Guardian)
Benn's writing is profoundly reasonable, while infused with a spirit of creative rebellion, pleasure and fun. I particularly liked her reflective musings on her own pregnancy when she felt simultaneously 'dismembered' and 'energized', and her evocative account of repeating with her own daughters her mother's practice of waving her off to school. This is a good book for daughters, for sons, and indeed for all of us (Sheila Rowbotham Independent)
A manifesto for modern womanhood - and a guide through the perils and pitfalls of parenting girls
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