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CONTENTS:

Introduction:

Can I Let You in on a Secret?

From the Mouths of Babes

What Little Girls Are Made Of

  • Mommie Dearest?
  • A Model Mom
  • Circle of Friends
  • Sugar and Spice
  • You Play like a Girl!
  • Not So Nice
  • Thick as Thieves

Our Little Girl’s a Woman Now

  • Our “Special Friend”
  • A Secret Society
  • In Training?
  • Our Bodies, Our Self-Consciousness
  • Group Mentality
  • Bedroom Culture
  • Girl Talk
  • Playing Cool
  • She’s a Slut!

Me and the Girls

  • Girls’ Night Out
  • We Need to Talk
  • “I Love Your Boots!”
  • Brothers from Another Planet
  • What Should I Do?
  • Talking Dirty
  • The Other “C” Word
  • Hard Feelings
  • Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful
  • We’re All in This Together

Looking Good, Girl!

  • Putting Our Best Face Forward
  • Can I Borrow Your Lipstick?
  • But What Should I Do with My Hair?
  • We Have Ways of Making You Talk
  • Hair-Raising Rituals
  • Does This Make My Ass Look Huge?
  • Walking a Thin Line

Fashion-Conscious

  • Shop Till You Drop
  • Paying For Pleasure
  • Born to Shop?
  • Cosmo Girls?

Keeping It Together

  • Friends and Lovers
  • Baby, It’s You
  • Child Support
  • Father Doesn’t Know Best
  • Group Outings

Women at Work

  • Work Identified
  • Powerful Language
  • A Woman’s Touch

Long-Term Investment

  • Old Hats
  • Building Bridges
  • Final Words

The Secret Language of Girls Glossary

  • …In Relationships
  • …In the Dating Game
  • …During Sex
  • …To Other Women

(Thomas Allen, 2002)