8 Ball Chicks

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 3, 2010 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Dismissed by the police as mere adjuncts to or gofers for male gangs, girl gang members are in fact often as emotionally closed off and dangerous as their male counterparts. Carrying razor blades in their mouths and guns in their jackets for defense, they initiate drive-by shootings, carry out car jackings, stomp outsiders who stumble onto or dare to enter the neighborhood, viciously retaliate against other gangs and ferociously guard their home turf.

But Sikes also captures the differences that distinguish girl gangs-abortion, teen pregnancy and teen motherhood, endless beatings and the humiliation of being forced to have sex with a lineup of male gangbangers during initiation, haphazardly raising kids in a household of drugs and guns with a part-time boyfriend off gangbanging himself. Veteran journalist Gini Sikes spends a year in the ghettos following the lives of several key gang members in South Central Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Milwaukee. In 8 Ball Chicks, we discover the fear and desperate desire for respect and status that drive girls into gangs in the first place--and the dreams and ambitions that occasionally help them to escape the catch-22 of their existence.

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inside girl gangs

User Review  - melody,05 - Borders

This book was excellant. It shows the truth about what drives girls into gangs and how they're just as dangerous as men in gangs while being less detected. It shows about real problems and events that these girls have to go through on a daily bases. I can totally relate to this book. Read full review

8 BALL CHICKS: A Year in the Violent World of Girl Gangsters

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In technique and impact the equivalent of a Fred Wiseman documentary, depicting one of the saddest and baddest subcultures of the social underbelly in a serial montage of girl ``gang- bangers ... Read full review

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Gini Sikes, a former senior writer at Mademoiselle, was a producer for PBS's national weekly series on urban teenagers, "In the Mix." She has written about youth culture and crime for The Washington Post, Glamour, Vibe, Mirabella, and MTV.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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