THE SEVENTEEN GUIDE TO YOU AND OTHER PEOPLE by Daniel A. & Rolaine Hochstein Sugarman


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Self-help for the teen-age gift, fairly constant and competent in its advice concerning most common adolescent hang-ups, although hardly avant-garde in relation to the much touted new female awareness. Individual determination is underscored regarding career pursuit, and there is a chapter proclaiming that the ""masculine"" role, for example, is culturally induced and often unfairly demanding for a boy. However, following this enlightenment, the section on dating perpetuates the role of the clinging, subordinate female: ""Men are expected to provide for and take care of their (sic) women. The girl who takes these prerogatives away from a man undermines his self-esteem""; and marriage to an ""ambitious man"" means ""providing an atmosphere in which he can work, entertaining his friends, even changing friends as tastes mature"" (but which one breaks the news to an outgrown friend?). The authors make a sterling effort to deal with premarital sex, making a very good case for avoiding emotional involvement beyond one's depth, and a poor one for sidestepping because of future gratification -- not many hip teenagers will accept uncritically the statement that ""casual sex. . . can spoil your chances of real satisfactions in sexual love."" An interesting and worthwhile inclusion is a chapter on religion and belief. The advice on moods, parent problems, cliques, etc., is sensible enough, although familiar to most teen media watchers.

Pub Date: May 18th, 1972
Publisher: Macmillan