In her new memoir "Girlhood," author Melissa Febos examines the narratives women are told about what it means to be a girl and the realities of growing up female in a world that prioritizes the feelings, perceptions, and power of men at girls' expense.
Ms. Febos was eleven when her body began to change, and almost overnight, the way people spoke to, looked at, and treated her changed with it. As she grew, she defined herself based on these perceptions and by the romantic relationships she threw herself into headlong. But in her thirties, Ms. Febos began to question the stories she'd been told about herself and the habits and defenses she'd developed over years of trying to meet others' expectations. The values she and so many other women had learned in girlhood did not prioritize their personal safety, happiness, or freedom, and she set out to reframe those values and beliefs.
Ms. Febos will be in conversation with Heather Havrilesky (FAN ’18), critic, memoirist, and New York magazine’s “Ask Polly” advice columnist.
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.
NOTE: This webinar may include frank discussion of adult topics and may not be suitable for some youth. Parental discretion is advised.
AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Girlhood from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Ms. Febos and Ms. Havrilesky that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/melissa-febos-girlhood-fan-program
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