Think with Lisa Bloom

Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World

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From the New York Times bestseller, Think, by Lisa Bloom: Twenty-five percent of young American women would rather win America’s Next Top Model than the Nobel Peace Prize.Twenty-three percent would rather lose their ability to read than their figures. Argh! When I read that Oxygen Media survey—that a quarter of us would rather win a contest for looking bootylicious in a thong than for, say, ending genocide—I tried to go to my happy place. But I couldn’t get there. Because I know we have a problem, one that I don’t hear anyone else talking about. The problem is not just about that 25 percent of young women who would rather be hot than smart; rather, it’s about a culture that actually makes that a rational choice: rewarding girls for looks over brains. And it’s about all of us, intelligent American females, ranging from girlhood to old age, who are dazzlingly ignorant about some critically important things. An aggravating thing happened in the last generation. As girls started seriously kicking ass at every level of education (girls now outperform boys in elementary, middle, and high schools; we graduate from college, professional, and graduate schools in greater numbers than males—go team!), our brains became devalued. Voted as one of the ten best nonfiction books of 2011 by the readers at Goodreads.com, Think has been called "the new Feminine Mystique," passed between mothers and daughters, girlfriends, and book groups. An acclaimed, award-winning speaker, Lisa has addressed business, women's and book groups all over the country. And now she's coming to you -- live, by video chat, and you can ask questions and join in the provocative conversation. Free!

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