The film in short describes the high school life of a chaste girl, Olive, who conforms to peer pressure and starts lying about her sexual behavior in order to maintain a certain reputation as well as to help out her troubled friends. This eventually leads her to challenge her self concepts to extreme levels, causing her to either liberate herself from the façade she created or sink into the role. Easy A describes many genuine psychological phenomena and I am going to focus on three of them; Cognitive dissonance theory, how societal and cultural norms dictate our attitudes and thoughts, and different ways of persuasion. The cognitive dissonance theory is the feeling of unease that is felt when we act in opposition to our attitudes, which causes a shift of attitude in order to be consistent with our behavior. Easy A depicts strongly the theory of cognitive dissonance on numerous occasions.
Caty, the main character, is faced with several difficult situations where she decides to conform with her high school peers getting her in trouble that becomes hard for her to escape. Caty begins the movie with a real genuine friendship with Janis and Damien, two individuals who struggled with popularity because they were considered the “outside” group. However, the popular girls, infamously called the “Plastics” try to recruit Caty into their popular group, but only because she is considered one of the prettier girls in the school. The ring leader, Regina George, of the Plastics is the most popular girl in school who is really hated by alot of peers because of her horrible attitude and how she
Many students had the same experience Victor did, making it relatable. Also, Victor embarrassed himself while trying to talk to Teresa. He was in English class with Teresa and got called on by the teacher. “‘Yes, now somebody give me an example of a person--you, Victor Rodriguez.’ “Teresa,” Victor said automatically” (Soto). Many middle schoolers also embarrass themselves while having a crush.
According to the National Household Survey on drug use and health services, 74.3% of high school students have tried alcohol because of peer pressure (www.familyfirstaid.org). Ray Bradbury's short story, ''All Summer in a Day" shows how Margot is a victim of peer pressure because of the other students incapability to stand up for her because of a bully. Therefor, by learning how peer pressure works, you figure out how peer pressure could influence you and how it could be used for acceptable and unacceptable causes. Generally speaking, the other students in the story are influenced by William because of their fear of being left out, and his vocal authority. The other students are also somewhat feeling peer pressure as well because they don't want to be left out.
Although sex education is a big heated controversial topic, the most intriguing convincing out of all would be the positive aspects that teenagers can learn about safe sex in schools. I started to develop my interest in this topic when it was first mentioned to me by my older sister; discussing the ways she can potentially help students that are from poverty and mainly help Latino family-based cultures get the proper sex education they
Imagine you are in front of a class, teaching To Kill a Mockingbird to a group of high-schoolers. Over the course of the unit, your students praise the book, saying that it educated them about racial tensions in the South and the meaning of bravery among other important life lessons. However, you still receive numerous strongly-worded phone calls and emails from angry parents demanding the literary classic be removed from the curriculum for containing the word “nigger” and rape. You don’t understand – how can a novel of such significance and acclaim be condemned just for including a couple of pages with adult themes? The answer is censorship.
We both share the same view of the world, are viewed by the world in similar ways and I would respond in a comparable way to the central conflict of the novel. Therefore, I believe given the chance, we could be friends. The strong teenage girl Kenisha Lewis views the world as though it is a movie and she is waiting for the director to tell her cut and start over but it doesn 't turn out to be that way. She views the world like this due to all of the drama she goes through at school, such as, she gets bullied at school a lot because of the boy she used to date named La 'von he is a basketball player at her school Hazlehurst and he has a reputation
essica, I totally agree that in the movie, Mean Girls, conformity is expressed. Do you agree that conformity is also very popular in not only Mean Girls, but in high schools today? Young high school girls and boys that are undecided about what they want to be, who they are, and wonder how to fit in, conform to fit in with who they think that they want to become. In a way this is not good because being someone who you really aren’t doesn’t allow you to express your true inner self. It's better to be the leader rather than a follower.
Rationale Coolness and popularity haunts every teenagers mind, and triggers them to act in a certain manner, wear certain things or even, adopt a certain personality that may not be their own. I fall under the middle strata of the social hierarchy existent in my school. Neither am I the “coolest” and most popular, nor am I the least popular. However, I see both the extremes every day when I go to school, and it intrigues me to think of questions like what made the ‘cool’ guys popular, what made the ‘uncool’ guys “uncool”. What are the factors that affect them being cool?
I am an eighth grade student at Sandcreek Middle School. I would like to inform you of the fact that members of the LGBTQ+ ( lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc.) community are constantly being discriminated at your school, so I, and many other students at this school, would like you to help stop it. To start, one issue is the slurs that have been going around this school that are constantly to objectify those in the LGBTQ+, and it has become quite a problem. Walking around Sandcreek Middle School I often hear students saying phrases such as “That’s gay” referring to it as if it were another word for stupid, or calling each other “queer” and “faggot” as a way to address their friends.
A blue eyed student teased a brown eyed student which resulted in the brown eyed student engaging in a physical altercation with the blue eyed student. I was shocked that there had been no altercations prior to the experiment but the day of the experiment, the blue eyed children quickly adapted to the idea that they were better than blue eyed students. One of the students said, “I felt like a king,” and continued to state he felt he felt like he ruled the brown eyes(A Class Divided, 1968). By labeling the children and segregating them into specific groups, the
The second tape is addressed to Alex Standall, who during their freshmen year, made a list saying that Hannah had the “best ass” in her freshman class. By being labeled with the “best ass” it leads to Hannah being assaulted numerous times. The third tape was addressed to Jessica Davis, a girl that was also new to the school. Jessica started to date Alex and then was later mad at him for choosing Hannah over her in the list which ended the friendship between Jessica and Hannah, and the ended relationship of Alex and Jessica. Jessica then continued to spread rumors that Hannah was a “slut.”
During her visit to Whitman, Alexandra made comparisons between her high school years and the high school years of the upperclassmen observed. She noticed the variety of differences between them because during her years there was not much palpable competition but now there was between the students at Whitman. The competition of getting the best grades was a huge deal to the students because their grades were a factor to getting admitted to the college of their choice. Pete a junior student at Whitman, was one of the many overachievers who put in the effort to get the best grades he could even if it meant to risk his own health. Pete was a straight A student who one night took so much caffeine to complete a paper that was due the next day.
Is there ever such a thing called impossible love? Well, Cameron and Patrick proved to the audience that there is! ’10 Things I Hate About You’ (1999), by Gil Junger has created the normal teenage life of high school, but with a twist as the most popular girl in school, Bianca Stratford, and her devilish sister, Katerina Stratford, suffers from the constant reminder of teen pregnancy from their father. With the rule ‘No dating until your sister does’ Cameron James is able to find a solution to their dating problem. From the help of his newly formed friend, Michael, the two are able to conjure up a plan to break this ever-lasting rule to win the heart of his one
One group of students headed a party based on sex education. This culminated in condom distribution, in which the presiding teacher demanded all condoms back – but specifically from boys in the class. This reaction reinforces a masculinization of sex. “The condom, as a cultural object, also illustrated the importance of heterosexual activity to masculine identities. While the girls tittered and laughed, it was the boys in the class for whom the link with sexual activity was important.” (35) Pascoe uses this example, and others to explore how official high school representatives’ reactions to sex and sexuality reinforce a masculine