When odd girl out was first published it became an instant bestseller and ignited a long overdue conversation about the hidden culture of female bullying today the dirty looks taunting notes and social exclusion that plague girls friendships have gained new momentum in cyberspace. Odd girl out begins with the premise that girls are socialized to be sweet with a double bind they must value friendships but they must not express the anger that might destroy them lacking cultural permission to acknowledge conflict girls develop what simmons calls a hidden culture of silent and indirect aggression. As anyone who has been anywhere near me recently is undoubtably sick of hearing i just read this really great book its called odd girl out the hidden culture of aggression in girls basically a writer took the time to talk to a bunch of groups of elementary to high school aged girls about how and why they are mean to each other. In presenting a book that names studies and categorizes the hidden culture of aggression in girls simmons often looks back on her own girlhood experiences to make a point provide a detail or give an example nowhere is this more evident than in chapter five the bully in the mirror. Odd girl out npr coverage of odd girl out the hidden culture of aggression in girls by rachel simmons news author interviews critics picks and more
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