Growing Girls

Growing Girls

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In the early years of the twentieth century, Americans began to recognize adolescence as a developmental phase distinct from both childhood and adulthood. This awareness, however, came fraught with anxiety about the debilitating effects of modern life on adolescents of both sexes. For boys, competitive sports as well as qprimitiveq outdoor activities offered by fledging organizations such as the Boy Scouts would enable them to combat the effeminacy of an overly civilized society. But for girls, the remedy wasn't quite so clear. Surprisingly, the qgirl problemq?a crisis caused by the transition from a sheltered, family-centered Victorian childhood to modern adolescence where self-control and a strong democratic spirit were required of reliable citizens?was also solved by way of traditionally masculine, adventurous, outdoor activities, as practiced by the Girl Scouts, the Camp Fire Girls, and many other similar organizations. Susan A. Miller explores these girls' organizations that sprung up in the first half of the twentieth century from a socio-historical perspective, showing how the notions of uniform identity, civic duty, qprimitive domesticity, q and fitness shaped the formation of the modern girl.Gunnery with Cameras Uncomfortable recommending the unrestricted use of guns, leaders looked for another tool of ... powers of the camera that they devoted an entire chapter of The Girl Pioneer Manual to its virtues and proper use.80 aquot; Those who go ... Intimate knowledge of an animala#39;s habitat helped girls to spot their quarry, after which their stealth and tracking abilities helped them follow it unawares.


Title:Growing Girls
Author: Susan A. Miller
Publisher: - 2007
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