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by Jamaica Kincaid

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?


Rated PG for sexual language. Nothing steamy happens here; this is a mother-daughter talk, after all. It's Mom's dirty mouth that earns "Girl" a PG rating. She keeps calling poor Girl a slut and, well, we can't have the children hearing that, now can we? We don't normally base ratings on implications, but for all Mom's accusations, it also seems like premarital sex is not actually that big of a deal for her. The problem is getting pregnant and letting everyone else know that you had premarital sex. That's what the abortion medicine is for. How's that for parental guidance?

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