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Alarming Observations of Adolescent Young Women.

Psychologist Mary Pipher has worked mostly with teenage girls for over ten years. She's witnessed the "oppression" of teenage girls today, more pronounced than that of their mothers because of the "more dangerous, sexualized and media saturated culture." She argues also that something happens to girls when they reach adolescence, that they lose their "assertive, energetic and 'tomboyish' personalities" to become "more deferential, self-critical and depressed." Pipher has found greater incidents of eating disorders, self-mutilation, underachievement and depression among her clients. Pipher's new book is "Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls." (Putnam)

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Other segments from the episode on April 25, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 25, 1994: Interview with John Matisonn; Interview with Mary Pipher; Review of Mircea Eliade's and Maitreyi Devi's novels "Bengal Nights" and "It Does Not Die."

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