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Girls, School, and Target: INDEPENDENT LIKE Voices There is a way to revent so many eenage girls being depre拧sed - but no one wants to admit it ity the girl who's wearing a bra before she leaves primary school already she's ventured over the top, into a no man's land of groping, cat calls and adult disapproval ithelpstodream: excerpt: 鈥淚f girls say they are depressed, we owe it to them to listen. Furthermore, we can no longer afford to ignore the effect of a highly gendered culture on the mental wellbeing of girls. If we鈥檙e able to draw links between masculinity and high suicide rates in men, we can surely do the same with femininity and female despair. If the past is another country, female adolescence is a war zone. Puberty transforms you into a walking target overnight. If you鈥檙e lucky, other girls get there before you and become your shields. Pity the girl who鈥檚 wearing a bra before she leaves primary school; already she鈥檚 ventured over the top, into a no man鈥檚 land of groping, cat calls and adult disapproval. Girls need support in getting through this. They need coping methods. But they also need a different society, one which permits them to take up space, to express their fears and passions rather than internalise them. It should not be the role of mental health services to patch girls up and arm them to face another onslaught of patriarchal slings and arrows. There has to be a ceasefire. Girls shouldn鈥檛 have to be so brave.鈥 read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/mental-health-teenage-girls-quarter-rise-patriarchy-sexism-abuse-a7957441.html
Girls, School, and Target: INDEPENDENT
 LIKE
 Voices
 There is a way to
 revent so many
 eenage girls being
 depre拧sed - but no one
 wants to admit it
 ity the girl who's wearing a bra
 before she leaves primary school
 already she's ventured over the top,
 into a no man's land of groping, cat
 calls and adult disapproval
ithelpstodream:

excerpt:

鈥淚f girls say they are depressed, we owe it to them to listen. Furthermore, we can no longer afford to ignore the effect of a highly gendered culture on the mental wellbeing of girls. If we鈥檙e able to draw links between masculinity and high suicide rates in men, we can surely do the same with femininity and female despair.

If the past is another country, female adolescence is a war zone. Puberty transforms you into a walking target overnight. If you鈥檙e lucky, other girls get there before you and become your shields. Pity the girl who鈥檚 wearing a bra before she leaves primary school; already she鈥檚 ventured over the top, into a no man鈥檚 land of groping, cat calls and adult disapproval.

Girls need support in getting through this. They need coping methods. But they also need a different society, one which permits them to take up space, to express their fears and passions rather than internalise them. It should not be the role of mental health services to patch girls up and arm them to face another onslaught of patriarchal slings and arrows. There has to be a ceasefire. Girls shouldn鈥檛 have to be so brave.鈥

read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/mental-health-teenage-girls-quarter-rise-patriarchy-sexism-abuse-a7957441.html

ithelpstodream: excerpt: 鈥淚f girls say they are depressed, we owe it to them to listen. Furthermore, we can no longer afford to ignore the...