Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Guest Post: Erin Schmidt, The Magical Girl’s Guide to Womanhood

What did Hermione Granger do when she got her period? It’s a silly question, but thousands of girls and young women relate to Hermione in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

For them, I wrote The Magical Girl’s Guide to Womanhood. The Magical Girl’s Guide is two things. First, it’s a well-researched, fact-based guide to young women’s health and sexuality, similar to an abridged version of The Boston Women Health Collective’s Our Bodies, Ourselves. Second, The Magical Girl’s Guide frames this factual information in a fantasy context, as if a college-age witch were sharing this information with first-year wizarding school students. For example, the chapter on the menstrual cycle has a sub-chapter called "Historical Cases of Magical PMS."

This project combines three things I care passionately about: educating young women (I have a BA in Psychology and worked for over four years at a mental health hospital, working with pre-adolescent girls); writing intelligent, feminist literature about sex (please see the enclosed list of my writing credits); and fantasy literature (which I read, write, and review).

The books on young women’s health on the market today are straightforward and useful, but not a whole lot of fun. The Magical Girl’s Guide to Womanhood (30,000 words) will make reading about health topics fun and entertaining. It will appeal to a wide audience of pre-teen and teenage girls and their parents.

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Erin E. Schmidt

Looks interesting! Thanks for visiting, Erin! -LR

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