Girls and Sex in YA Lit

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The American Childhoods series on H-Amstdy this week offers "Girls and Sex in YA Lit" by Mary Ann Harlan following up on its previous installment "Religious Themes in YA Lit." In the context of societal messaging to girls on sexuality, Harlan identifies common tropes of adolescent girlhood in young adult literature: the virgin, the slut, and the victim.