What Does It Mean When We Call Women Girls?

As a dedicated contrarian -- someone whose few attempts at trend-chasing have culminated in baroque, Wile E. Coyote-esque failure -- little makes me feel more alien in my own skin than finding myself accidental avatar of a cultural fad. Which is to say, I’m not really the zeitgeist type. And yet it seems I’ve written a book with “girl” in the title. First prize: Free ride on the bandwagon, like it or not.

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