Reviving Ophelia, 25 Years Later
Mary Pipher & Sara Gilliam
Twenty-five years after the publication of Pipher’s groundbreaking book Reviving Ophelia, the evidence suggests that many adolescent girls continue to struggle not just because of dysfunctional families, but because of a misogynistic, girl-poisoning culture. Since the launch of the iPhone in 2007 and the enormous growth of social media, their depression and suicide rates have soared. In this session, a mother–daughter team of copresenters will explore the impact of the digital age and the links between the decline in face-to-face interactions and the increase in adolescent girls’ levels of loneliness and despair. They’ll also focus on how therapists can address these broad cultural shifts by exploring:
- The vulnerability girls feel to social media messages on platforms like Instagram and Snapchat
- Girls’ reluctance to enter the world of dating and their postponement of sexual intimacy even as they’re exposed to hookup culture and online pornography
- How to reconnect girls to the nonvirtual world and help them regain their vibrancy, sense of self, and authenticity
Mary Pipher, PhD, is the author of 10 books, including her latest, Women Rowing North: Navigating the Developmental Challenges of Aging. Sara Gilliam, MFA, MEd, is Editor-in-Chief of Exchange, the leading magazine for early childhood professionals.