Friday, December 20, 2013

*Girls Uncovered*

 Girls Uncovered: New Research on What America's Sexual Culture Does to Young Women

Co-authored by a team of two knowledgable and compassionate doctors, *Girls Uncovered* is a book that every mother and father needs to read as they guide their daughter.
Even though I promise you that it will be a hard read.

I requested this book from MP Newsroom to review, and I gave it first to a friend of mine with two daughters, one at the end of her teens and one at the beginning. She read it with a sad look on her face, because she came from a home where the daughters were uncovered. It was a confirmation of what she'd felt all along: that she hadn't been given the best care in her vulnerable years, and that the good foundation she was building for her own girls was worth every effort it took.

Nobody wants to think about the dangers that lurk around our daughters as they grow up and begin to navigate love and relationships.
Nobody wants to visualize the affects of an STD, or the ramifications of a teen pregnancy, or the trauma induced by an abortion, or the pain caused by a broken heart as unworthy men file through a young woman's life.

We need someone, someone well educated and in touch with this generation of girls, to speak into our ears and help us help our daughters. We need to hear a message of warning and of hope at the same time.

And that's what *Girls Uncovered* delivers. This is a sober book, because the facts are sober. Chapter by chapter the authors unfold the reality that young females are entering. We're sending them out there with a morass of lies in their head from media and pop culture about what sort of sexuality they should engage in and embrace.
We're then turning them over to the young men who have absorbed the culture's message to them: take advantage of your single years, and take advantage of your girlfriend.
And we're left with girls who don't know why they are hurting, but they know that this isn't the love they crave.

And yet this is not the end of the story.
The authors point out that as crazy as our sex-charged culture is, and as many forces try to shape our girl's psyches into being careless with sex, our daughters still want parental input and still desire a cherishing, lasting, romancing love.
And our input can put them on the path to find that love.

Thank you MP Newsroom for my copy of this book.

JOE S. MCILHANEY JR., M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist. In 2001, Dr. McIlhaney was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He also serves on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. McIlhaney has co-authored over six books including Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children, and 1001 Health-Care Questions Women Ask. Dr. McIlhaney resides in Austin, Texas with his wife, Marion.

FREDA MCKISSIC BUSH, M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and a partner in private practice with East Lakeland OB-GYN Associates in Jackson, Mississippi. She currently serves as Medical Director of the Center for Pregnancy Choices Metro Jackson and the Henry M. Johnson Women's Resource Crisis Pregnancy Center. Freda spends much of her time speaking on sexuality and social behavior education. Her passion is to help women "raise a standard" to become who they were created to be. To that end, she teaches and encourages a lifestyle of abstinence until marriage and fidelity within marriage. She co-authored her first book, Hooked, with Dr. Joe S. McIlhaney, in 2008.

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