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
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.
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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