Alexandra Miles is not you average high school senior at Spencer High School. Alexandra is an expert at manipulating her peers in order to take what she wants, and this year it’s to be crowned Homecoming Queen. Throughout her life she competed in beauty pageants, and has never lost one. Though this year she is struggling to keep her head above water because of her father’s death and her mother’s lack of attention. This doesn’t make Alexandra soft, if anything, it makes her stronger.
Imagine living in a world where life revolves around spray tans, botox, fake eyelashes, and young girls walk around in inappropriate outfits. Most girls are pressured to be perfect in the society of beauty pageants. Many of the children’s parents are making their children grow up too fast. These parents pressuring their children can lead to bad communication skills, as well as bad relationships. Children are focusing on their beauty and not their education, or relationships.
How do the roles of women in society reflect how they are expected to act, speak, dress, and conduct themselves? For example, women are generally expected to dress and act in a feminine manner by being polite, accommodating, and nurturing to others. However, as seen in Tyrese Coleman's powerful story, “How to Sit”, the grandmother is perceived as a wild, selfish, and fiercely independent woman, who is forced to harass her granddaughter in order to shape her as the woman she wishes she could still be. The narrator describes her actions toward her granddaughter as cruel although they are done with a great deal of tenderness. She is, in a way, teaching the lesson of harnessing sex to have a power that transcends race.
At the beginning of the novel, Bromden is describing the Nurse’s appearance. He states, “A mistake was made somehow in manufacturing, putting those big, womanly breasts on what would of otherwise been a perfect work, and you can see how bitter she is about it” (6). Bromden explains that the Big Nurse is a “perfect work” because she is physically commanding which makes her an effective leader. However, “a mistake was made”, and this error is the
A pin up was the wide distribution of reproduction of the hyper realistic but clearly idealized picture of scantily clad women. Her most famous poses are all semi-nude or fully nude in front of a mirror, which makes it clear, that sexuality is a main aspect of Marilyn. She always liked being watched and admired. In her famous commercial for Chanel No.5 she’s leaning over in front of a mirror, dabbing the perfume between her breasts, which could suggest the equivalence of her being a sexual product and can also be identified with the perfume. Richard Dyer once said
With her wet red lips and wiggling fanny, Marilyn Monroe was perceived as the sex icon of her age and recognized worldwide as the “sweet angel of sex”. Monroe “was manufactured by no one but herself, self-created from the start.” (35, Harvey) and with her originality, she remained as an indelibly admired figure. The role that made her this much recognized and helped her be one of the most desired women in world was her generic “dumb blonde” character. She was cast as this blonde woman who “[worries] about how to call for the butler without getting someone named Butler” (35, Harvey) and received a great attention from the male perspective. Even though her dumb blonde character does not prove it at the first glance, with this image, Monroe was an answer to the repressed female sexuality and social norms against woman.
Your decisions to comply with society’s view of “beauty” are no longer subconscious, but rather are more conscious-driven decisions. Barbie’s slender figure remains idolized; however, it has evolved from a plastic doll to a self-starving model that is photo-shopped on the pages of glossy magazines. You spend hours in front of a mirror adjusting and perfecting your robotic look while demanding your parents to spend an endless amount of money on cosmetics and harmful skin products to acquire a temporary version of beauty. Consider companies such as Maybelline, which have throughout the ages created problematic and infantilizing campaigns and products for women. More specifically consider the “Baby Lips” product as well as the company slogan, “maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline,” that reiterates the male notions of beauty to which women are subjected.
“But now her looks were gone and that was why she was always after Connie.” (Oates ). Also, there is another opportunity for friendship within the family, between Connie and her sister, however, that is lost in their rivalry and hostility. “Her sister was so plain and chunky and steady that Connie had to hear her praised all the time – by her mother and her mother's sisters.” ( ). Another reason why Connie why wants to be independent from her mother is because she does not want to be like her. “Her mother went scuffling around the house in old bathroom slippers…”( paragraph 11).
When a female is seen as a girly girl people will describe her as an ignorant person that does not understand what's going on around her. For example, girl girls are notorious for not understanding sports or how to play sports. Girly girls is also acknowledged for always wearing pink and not having hobbies besides shopping for pink attire. This certain group in society is perceived as being mean and rude to anyone and everyone. It's been heard millions of times that girly girls are visualized as mean girls in full on pink outfits that do not associate with anyone else besides her best friends.
Some people comment Barbie clothes just focus on the enjoyment of consuming and it will not give young women a right value of their life. Nevertheless, many young women want to have all kinds of clothes and these clothes have special design like Barbie, which conduces that young women shape their sensory world and improve their aesthetic ability. Thence, some young women go to chase their dream of fashionable dress. Their dream can be traced to play the Barbie doll so Barbie is a primary teacher. At the same time, Barbie’s clothes come from Barbie’s a variety of position.
Doe Deere is the owner of Lime Crime, which is a makeup company that sells unique types of makeup. She was recently named one of the top female entrepreneurs by Self Magazine. She stated that she was honored by recognized by Self Magazine. Doe also stated that she is inspired by Ariana Huffington and Suza Orma, who have also been recognized by Self Magazine. Doe hopes that young girls can look at her and be inspired.