Published in the 1990s, Reviving Ophelia describes the social and psychological troubles facing teenage girls in America. Mary Pipher, Ph.D., draws on her experience working with girls who face sexual harassment, objectification, emotional stress, family breakdowns, drugs and alcohol more than in the past. Sadly, my guess is that things have gotten worse not better since publication.
Pipher points out that in many cases the problem isn’t so much the family, though sometimes it is, but rather the culture that the girls are thrust into. I hope things aren’t this bad everywhere, but it seems that a lot of girls are taunted, groped and assaulted with terrible frequency.
Lifetime, the cable TV network, made a movie based on the book.