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Smart GirlsSuccess, School, and the Myth of Post-Feminism$
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Shauna Pomerantz and Rebecca Raby

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284142

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284142.001.0001

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Driven to Perfection

Driven to Perfection

(p.27) Chapter Two Driven to Perfection
Smart Girls

Shauna Pomerantz

Rebecca Raby

University of California Press

This chapter explores the media construction of the supergirl, or a girl who is not only academically successful, but also skilled at sports, extra-curricular activities, and social life. No other example seems to offer better proof that girls today have it all. Yet, the stories relayed to us by girls who might be deemed ‘supergirls’ suggest that this kind of intensive success comes at a price. The stress and anxiety associated with maintaining perfection is daunting and potentially damaging to girls, who push themselves beyond reasonable limits to stay on top. Such consequences are further compounded by the invisible privilege of class-based and family advantages that very few girls can access.

Keywords:   Supergirl, perfectionist, sports, extra-curricular activities, social life, stress, privilege

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