The author of the million-selling Raising Boys is now fighting for the mental health of our daughters.
“One in five teenage girls is on anxiety medication, and one in twelve will develop an eating disorder. Girls are having unhappy sexual experiences because of the miseducation of pornography. But even little girls are stressed and unhappy, worried about not being perfect performers at school or in the playground.”
Steve’s Facebook community of 100,000 parents begged him to get back on the trail. With his new book, 10 Things Girls Need Most, he brings 40 years’ experience as the country’s best known psychologist to rouse up a whole new phase of feminism. In fact he says girls must be part of the fight that is so much bigger than just themselves.
“Sexist, abusive and toxic messages are everywhere in the media. The exploitation of girls and young women rockets through primary school and into the teens. But it’s in the younger years that we can make girls strong and free. 10 Things Girls Need Most outlines a radically different girlhood – more connection with nature, more time, peace, affection, and no pressure to start school young, to compete or worry about their looks or clothes.”
Steve Biddulph says: “This book helps parents understand how we can restore our daughter’s childhoods to be happy and free – and to secure the foundation of their individuality and self-belief, the basis for the new feminism we want for our daughters.
“We have the potential to change the world our daughters face. We need to challenge the companies worldwide that profit from making girls insecure and compliant through manipulative marketing.
“Through examining your own upbringing and that of your daughter, you and I can work together to create the best upbringing for your girl… and help her develop the wisdom, clarity and emotional skills that will serve her throughout her whole life.”
This book has grown out of years of online discussions with parents about the health issues being faced by their daughters that they want to explore in more depth. These include: feeling inadequate, continual unhappiness, embarrassment about their ethnicity and appearance, being teased about their developing bodies, being excluded, feeling alone in their struggles, feeling unsure about their sexuality
What are the ten things girls need most?
To be loved and secure
To have time to be a child, and a chance to be wild
To know how to make good friends
To find her spark in life
To have the love and respect of a dad (or a dad substitute)
To have backbone
To be part of the women’s movement
To have a happy sexuality
To enjoy the support of aunties, wise women and experience a rite of passage to womanhood.
Clear, hard hitting, but with plenty of answers, this new book plays an important part in the fight for happier childhoods that is raging internationally.