Author(s): Anita Naik
Be the boss of you! How To Be A Girl is an easy-reading journey through girlhood and what it's like to be a girl growing up today. It examines important issues such as puberty, the politics of body hair, female stereotypes, intelligence, physical appearance, double standards and the vernacular used to describe girls and boys. It also looks at the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls by the media. How to Be A Girl is a modern feminist book for today's tweens and teens. It's a call for girls to stop beating themselves up by aiming for a so-called 'beauty ideal', to stop worrying and to start living their lives according to their own agenda. Confidence building and self esteem boosting - How To Be A Girl is not a diatribe on gender differences but a consciousness-raising, articulate and cool walk-through of what it is to be a strong and empowered young girl today. Contains sections on: body image, dieting & eating disorders, media portrayal, plastic/cosmetic surgery, body hair, online porn, dating, self esteem & confidence, discrimination, sexual harassment and empowerment. Be the change.
How To Be A Girl examines exactly what it means to be a girl today. It looks at everything from the everyday niggles and pressures of being a girl, such as body hair (and how to deal with it), judgements made on physical appearance and intelligence, and the double standards that affect girls and who they become. The book deals with everything from the reasons why girls put themselves under enormous pressure to conform to a 'beauty ideal', it raises awareness of the sexualisation of girls in the media and music industries, and issues such as weight and plastic surgery.
Anita Naik is a columnist, blogger and journalist and mum of 2 who started her career as advice columnist on the teen magazine Just 17. She is now agony aunt on Teen Now and Avon Connects, and writes regularly on teen issues, especially around sex and relationship education, self esteem, confidence and bullying. She is the author of over 45 non-fiction books, including the TLC Guides: Self Esteem and Being You, Queen Bees, Drama Queens and Cliquey Teens and Texts, Tweets, Trolls and Teens.