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The Attraction Of Girls And Horses

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Why is it that in our culture, a girl is deemed more likely to say "I want a horse" than a boy?  Aren't horses manly animals, revered by cowboys and tough guys? 

Jean O'Malley Halley was a "horse girl" herself as a child.  Now she's a sociologist, examining with relish the way girls subvert gender norms, in her book Horse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses.  Saddle up for a ride through the culture of girls and horses, and a new light cast upon that culture.   
 

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Nash Bennett is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.