Being an Empowered Young Woman
״Looking back on growing up, I wish I had a book like Beautiful to answer the questions I was too embarrassed to ask. Beautiful tells the story of young women discovering themselves in a cruel world of objectification and body shaming. In a time of rapid transitions, it becomes hard to rationalize the truth out of all the images and facts parents and health educators throw your way. Beautiful personalizes the growth trajectory and makes coming to woman-hood a relatable journey. The message of Beautiful is both engaging and empowering. I would highly recommend it to anyone trying to understand and empathize with how difficult it is to be a teenage girl.״
״In an accessible voice, Naomi Katz speaks to teen-age girls and addresses the pressures and stresses that effect them on a daily basis. Beautiful is a portable, wise, big sister who can answer the questions you are too embarrassed to ask and guide you through what, at times, can feel like a treacherous path to healthy womanhood.״
-Luise Eichenbaum, LCSW
co-founder, The Women's Therapy Centre Institute, NYC
Do you remember your first kiss?
Your first heartbreak?
Your first bra?
The first time your best friend betrayed you?
Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman peels back the truth behind becoming a woman in a chaotic world where airbrushed perfection is beauty – when in reality, beauty is who you are.
Beautiful offers strategies to help young women cope with contemporary issues, like body image, the media, relationships, competition, sex and peer pressure. It explores the way adolescents see and talk about themselves, and answers the big questions young women are afraid to ask.
״If you want to understand the lives of teen girls, pick up this book. Navigating adolescence is tough– for the teens going through it and for their parents as witnesses. In Beautiful, Naomi gives us the gift– based on her extensive experience as a teacher and mentor to young women–of helpful strategies that equip and empower our girls to be their best selves.״
- Robin Stern, PhD, Associate Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
״Naomi Katz writes in a voice that speaks to girls, a voice that heals and nourishes. I wish I had read this book when I was a teenager. I am grateful that my daughters have.״
- Orit Feyul Orr, author, A Woman Knows, mentor and therapist working with women for over 25 years, mother of three daughters
Table of Contents:
Why I Wrote This Book and You Might Want to Read It
That Crazy Teenage World
Don’t Question Yourself--Question the Media!
How Do I See My Body?
Friends or Enemies?
How Do I Want to be Treated? How Do I Treat Others?
Are All the Cool Kids Really Drinking and Doing Drugs?
I'm so STRESSED!
How Does my Identity Influence Me?
Family, Friends, and That Significant Other
Knowing, Choosing, and Respecting Myself