Mary Pipher Reviving Ophelia

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http://www.marypipher.net/About.html Dr. Pipher is a clinical psychologist and the author of nine books, including Reviving Ophelia, which was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for 26 weeks. Her area of interest is how American culture influences the mental health of its people. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with her husband Jim. Her passions are her family, being outdoors, birds, books, and protecting her state’s environment. http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/reviving-ophelia/article/author-mary-pipher-interview The "Reviving Ophelia" Author Interview Dr. Mary Pipher’s best-selling book, “Reviving Ophelia,” is a groundbreaking work that has helped countless families navigate through the rocky period of adolescence. She is…show more content…
How do you think adolescent culture has changed since you first wrote “Reviving Ophelia”? In the early 1990s you observed that the space and time called childhood had become shorter. Is that window of innocence even shorter…show more content…
· My biggest goal for this movie is that people who watch it have real serious discussions about it afterward, and obviously that would apply to people who have someone in their family in an abusive relationship, but it would also apply to families where there are sons, talking about what is and isn’t an abusive relationship; and families where there are daughters, talking about warning signs and “How would you handle it if you were with a boy who started to seem controlling?” The best thing about this film is it raises a lot of really important questions, and one of them is “How can such a great girl find herself in this kind of a mess, and how can the boy find himself in it?” When you think about it, they are both understandable. Men learn that to be really manly means to be in control and you certainly don’t apologize to women and you certainly don’t let women control the situation. All you have to do is watch a few hours of television or go to the movies every now and then to realize we are a culture that constantly teaches violence as an acceptable form of behavior, so men learn that. They almost learn that they are wimpy if they are not aggressive, if not pushy. Where they draw the line is tough, because they are also struggling with
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