Just between us girls

girl talk cover

Teen Girl Talk
Douglas
1990

How about a little girl talk?

This book has the info you need to grow into a successful woman. Naturally, that means deep introspection and analysis of make-up, hair, fashion, and diets. It’s “frank and fun!”

I think today’s teens and preteens would find this book ridiculous. Miss washing your face completely last night before bed? Hello acne and awful skin. What does the author think these preteen girls are doing? Out clubbing with heavy makeup and smoking? One missed day washing your face is hardly a cause for alarm. That’s the beauty of youth. You can mess up and still have decent skin.

The rest is pretty much a re-hash of every teen magazine article on diet, exercise, and makeup. I flocked to these kinds of books when I was a teen. Even back in the olden days of the late 1960s and early 1970s, I would have cringed at the title. Maybe we just need better books for tween and teen girls that won’t have them questioning every little detail about their appearance.

Mary

introduction

face facts

nail care

bra sizing

food facts

self image

 

 

7 comments

  1. Even as a teenage girl in 1990 I would have found this very cringey. Of course it doesn’t have advice for girls with sensory issues to hygiene or just find spending hours on your hair and skin a total waste of time. And fish is definitely not a brain food. In fact, fish now contains mercury, which can lower your intelligence.

  2. Uuuuugggghhh. Groooossssss.

    Really, as a former teenage girl, that sums it up.

    Also, I was scrawny AF as a teen, so all the dieting tips were both lost on me and vaguely insulting.

    If skipping one face wash causes you to become instantly super zit-faced, you have medical problems and need to ask your parents to make a doctor’s appointment for you.

    Also, you aren’t going to outgrow acne. I had it in my 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s…

  3. Wow, they max out at a C cup and say it might be hard to find. Actually, I was bra shopping in the late ’90s, and a D cup was the biggest you could get at Victoria’s Secret. That is too small for me, so I went up two band sizes to compensate. Thank goodness there’s a bigger range of sizes available now.

  4. Meanwhile, I washed my face religiously and still had acne. The horror! I was 13 in 1990, probably just the right age, and there was so much shallow crap (from “romance” books to magazines to makeup displays) flogged at us at that time. I was 5’3″ and 120 pounds (I had developed early) and I thought I was a massive hippo. And of course, none of the CUTE BOYS were interested in me. No wonder my self-esteem was in the toilet. I feel much better about myself these days (and I weigh a lot more than 120 pounds!)

  5. The only thing that cleared up my severe cystic acne was Accutane, Retinol, and the birth control pill, all taken at once. It’s been fine ever since.

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