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August 15, 2011

As someone who is not a 12-year-old girl, I may not be in the target audience for this book.

For my book report I read "The What's Happening to My Body Book for Girls." I enjoyed "The What's Happening to My Body Book for Girls" because it was informative and entertaining. I would recommend "The What's Happening to My Body Book for Girls" to my friends, female and male."The What's Happening to My Body Book for Girls" was written by Linda Madaras, whose last name has more than its fair share of a's.

To summarize the book, it pretty much says "Young girl, you might feel weird about your body. Don't." Of important note for me was the section entitled "Why pubic hair?" Madaras claims its there to help keep our genitals clean, but I don't think we should rely on pubic hair alone to keep our privates clean. She says the hair down there is like eyelashes that keep dust out of our eyes, thus coining the phrase "vaginal eyelashes." So if you don't keep hair down there, you're dirty. I always thought the opposite was true. One of my favorite phrases from the book, and one that I will take with me forever now is "The Monthly Miracle."

From a scholarly perspective, I don't think this book should be judged from a scholarly perspective. The work was not peer-reviewed, and I felt like it could've benefited from some perspectives from male professors at the university level. Much of the piece was written by 12 year old girls.

In my opinion, my opinion is better than the opinion of anyone else. And I did not like the segment on body odor. Also, there is a lot more mucus involved in the female body than I ever knew. I had no idea that there was such a thing as a mucus lining. And I had no need to ever know that there is such a thing a "mucus trap." Since reading that section I have not had the straightest thoughts. Cotton underwear is evidently more important than any of us realize. And there are sweat glands in the vulva. That knowledge may turn out to be useful in the future, perhaps if I'm ever on Jeopardy and feel like yelling out "There are sweat glands in the vulva!" as a non sequitur. 

In conclusion, I think this is a good read. It is a fun book with numerous pictures and diagrams you can color in however you like, and also you can draw in your own tattoos. Several times I drew ambitious tattoos of butterflies. To conclude this conclusion, even though I'm not a pubescent girl, I still enjoyed this book greatly.