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Confronting The Forces That Shape Girls Into Women In Melissa Febos's Girlhood

Melissa Febos, writer
Beowulf Sheehan
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Beowulf Sheehan
Melissa Febos, writer

what shapes girls into women?

Melissa Febos is the author of the books Whip Smart and Body Works and she teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa. Her critically acclaimed book Girlhood was published in 2020 and it’s now available in paperback, Girlhood is a collection of powerful essays and stories from Melissa’s life highlighting her own transformation from girlhood to adolescence, a time when girls bodies begin to change and patriarchal and societal forces begin to shape them into the women they will become. Girlhood is engaging and provocative and unflinchingly honest. Melissa analyzes several personal,and explicit encounters from her past in her book. This interview contains some mature content.

Tammy works at Bemidji State University's library, and she hosts "What We're Reading," a show about books and authors.