According to the book,
At least one-fourth of all U.S. teenage girls are suffering from self-mutilation,eating disorders, significant depression, or serious consideration of suicide--or are perpetuating acts of violence.
Hinshaw also explains his term "triple bind:"
- Be good at all of the traditional girl stuff.
- Be good at most of the traditional guy stuff.
- Conform to a narrow, unrealistic set of standards that allows for no alternative.
Then, on top of all this, the Boston Globe featured an article about an organization using girls as a way to curb violence among the male youth. The organization wants girls to realize the power they wield over their boyfriends's actions. Talk about creating more pressure for girls!
Now, the question is what do we do to help young girls balance their life and not feel so much pressure? It's important for girls to realize their potential and seek it, but not at the cost of self mutilation, eating disorders, depression, or suicide.