Marilyn Johnson

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Johnson, Marilyn

Last Updated: Oct-07-1997
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Squier, Harriet

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem


The conflicting experiences of puberty for girls is the subject of this poem. A girl's bodily self awareness coincides with society's devaluation of a girl's sexuality. The conflicts between innocence, dirtiness, sexuality, and learning "to love yourself again" constitute the complexity of coming of age for young women.

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