Reviving Ophelia Setting & Symbolism

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Lookism

Dr. Pipher describes lookism as a determination of woman's value based solely on appearance. Dr. Pipher cites lookism, especially in the media, as a contributing factor in the increase in eating disorders in America.

False Self

Dr. Pipher often refers to Alice Miller's work in which children split into two selves. The false self is the face that they present to the world, while the true "authentic" self is repressed.

Authentic Self

As the opposite of the false self, the authentic or "true" self is the ideal for all people, not just girls. A person is only truly authentic when he/she acknowledges all feelings honestly and does not suppress them.

Acquaintance Rape

Acquaintance rape is the ultimate sexual violation committed on a woman by a man whom she trusts. Dr. Pipher observes that often after an attack, girls who are raped by someone that they know...

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