www.rosalindwiseman.com. Facebook fanpage (1,403 fans). Twitter account with 1,748 followers.
Author is a cofounder of the Empower Program, a non-profit organisation that works to empower adolescent girls and boys and stop violence. She is an adviser to Liz Claiborne's Women's Work program and has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN
Wiseman (Defending Ourselves: Prevention, Self-Defense, and Recovery from Rape), offers parents a guide to navigating the adolescent landscape. Acting as a liaison between "Girl World" and "Planet Parent," Wiseman helps parents understand their daughters' friendships, the power of cliques and the roles of girls within them (including Queen Bee, Sidekick, Torn Bystander, Messenger and Target). She outlines parenting styles (from "The Lock-Her-in-a-Closet Parent" to "The Loving-Hard-Ass Parent") and offers tips on talking to teens ("Don't use the slang your daughter uses"). The second half concentrates on boys, sex and drugs as well as what to do if your daughter needs professional help. Within each chapter, "Check Your Baggage" sections challenge parents to recognize their own biases and remember what it was like when they were teens; as well, Wiseman offers scripts for discussing difficult issues and advice on how to deal with them. The author also forthrightly addresses the issue of homosexuality. To wit, a "Homophobic Questionnaire" that turns the tables on parents with questions such as "What do you think caused your heterosexuality?" Wiseman's straightforward humor, sound advice and practical approach make this a must-read for anyone involved in the lives of teenage girls. Back matter offers extensive resource listings including fiction and nonfiction titles, movies and helpful organizations and their Web sites. (May) Forecast: With much recent coverage on Wiseman, including a recent story in the New York Times Magazine, this book is poised to attract a wide, concerned audience. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
'Forget the stereotypes of sugar and spice. Girls are mean, and as this book and a recent New York Times Magazine cover story indicate, their subtle, insidious style of bullying is rapidly garnering attention and concern ... [Wiseman] also offers admirable, groundbreaking insight into an all-too-common issue and will be invaluable to any adult struggling to help a girl get through her teens' Gillian Enberg, BOOKLIST 'Wise, humorous, life-affirming advice for parents that is utterly respectful of girls. I recommend parents mark it up, turn the corners of pages, and heed Wiseman's creative and practical strategies for guiding girls along the sometimes treacherous pathways of growing up today. Queen Bees & Wannabes is Mapquest for parents of girls, from fifth grade all the way to young adulthood' Patricia Hearst, author of A TRIBE APART: A Journey Into the Heart of American Adolescence 'Rosalind Wiseman invites us into 'Girl World' with insight, honesty, and humor. Based on the most thorough, helpful research I know of, this book should be required reading for parents, teachers, and health professionals' Edes P. Gilbert, Acting President of Independent Educational Services