Letters and Politics

The Triple Bind: Unreasonable Expectations of Femininity

Today our host Olive Sand, filling in for Mitch Jeserich, interviews Stephen Hinshaw, chair of UCBerkeley’s psychology department, about his book The Triple Bind: Saving Our Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures and Conflicting Expectations, written in collaboration with Rachel Kranz. It was written in 2009 but has lost nothing of its accuracy in the intervening years. Its goal is to explain why one fourth of all American teenage girls are depressive, have suicidal thoughts,or suffer from eating disorders. This discussion of the expectations of femininity, which start at a very young age and shape the way women perceive themselves, is particularly relevant given the recent stories of sexual harassment and abuse emerging from Hollywood surrounding Harvey Weinstein. The need to break this triple bind is urgent.

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