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If you have a lot in common with the author, this may be useful
Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2019
If you've never thought critically about gender and socialization, you may find ideas worthy of consideration in this book. But he warned: while this book intends to give tools to encourage girls to break free from stereotypes and socially directed norms, you are only likely to relate to it if you are cut from the exact same cloth as the author. There is something ironic about a book that intends to address the multitudes that women can be, while also insisting that what has dampened female bravery is the fact that we have all been raised to be "helpful, obedient, and care for others needs, even to put them above [our] own". This is such a particular upbringing, and I don't think it's as ubiquitous as the author believes. I see young women struggle to be brave, but it's rarely to do with an impressed belief (in America) in her need to be obedient - it's in the way that society rewards men for trying while only rewarding women for succeeding. That's an immensely different thing.
She says early in the book that "Well-meaning parents and teachers guide [girls] towards activities we excellent at so we can shine, and they street is away from the ones we aren't naturally good at to spare our feelings and grade point averages." Again, I'm sure there are women who can relate to this, but it is wildly narrow. I refuse to believe that the broad brush she wants to use here applies - this is such a particular type of parent and in no way addresses how, globally, the reality and positions women hold can be explained. She adds, "Of course the intentions are good, no parent wants to see their daughter injured, disappointed, or discouraged." Because they would be fine with any of those things happening to their sons? It surprised me how over simplified and therefore disappointing this book was. If breaking stereotypes was a goal, she forgot to start with the ones she holds as truths.
The author's narrow lense and prospective may be a perfect fit for others who have shared that path, and in which case I can imagine (and do hope) this would be validating and empowering. But to write a book that pretends to address something as broad as awakening bravery in girls where it has been stifled or feared was, I believe, a mistake. This either needed far more research, or a much more specific title and description.