People in poverty aspire to live similar to a middle-class citizen or a person who lives a life with no stress. In the memoir, Change Me into Zeus’s Daughter Barbara Moss illustrates the difficult conditions of a common family living in poverty in rural Alabama. Moss suffers from an abusive father who is addicted to alcohol, a mother who tolerates the abusive relationship of her husband, and lack of the minimum essentials to maintain living. The lack of minimum essentials includes food, health, and housing. The hardships of being in poverty inspire Moss to change her future. The author’s mother appreciation of poetry and music influences Moss’s aspirations of becoming a writer.
In the essay, “Finding My Eye-dentity,” Olivia Chung, begins her story as a young, insecure, Korean American adult. As she progresses with her story, she also makes progress with her eyelids insecurity. As a Korean girl, she faces the facial insecurity that most Korean girls face which is having single eyelids or monoeyelids. What’s important to know for the understanding of this essay are two terms which include “sang ka pul” and “monoeyelidded girl” (107). “Sang ka pul” is what a surgery for the making of eyelids is called in Korea. A “monoeyelidded girl” is a girl with single eyelids, meaning no crease is shown above her eye (Urban Dictionary). Chung dealt with name calling and being made fun of as a young girl all because she had no creases above her
The eye opening topics of The Twilight Zone reveal societal issues that were relevant in the 60’s when this show was first released. The black and white, 22 minute episodes each told a story while teaching lessons to the audience. This series was a popular science-fiction show during the 5 seasons it ran. Each episode highlighted a different part of society and brought light to the problems it will have if society doesn’t fix them.
In Gerald Early’s essay “Life with Daughters: Watching the Miss America pageant,” Early talks about his experience of watching Miss America pageants with his family. The issue explored in his essay is the way black culture in society is affected by America’s standard of beauty and the difficulties black women experiences when trying to find one’s identity because of this. Early believes that America’s standard of beauty is white, the look that is most praised in the beauty pageants. He uses rhetorical strategies such as allusion, ethical persuasion, and emotional persuasion to emphasize that America's standard of beauty has an effect on black women.
The beauty pageants portrayed various messages regarding woman’s beauty and sexuality a very dominant one was the qualifications to be considered a candidate for Miss America. In the 1948 Miss America Pageant Contract, one of the rules and regulations is the following “5. Contestant must be of good character and possess poise, personality, intelligence, charm, and beauty of face and figure.” (American Experience). Most of these characteristics represent the ideal woman during that era, except they
The novel When the Emperor Was Divine tells a story of Japanese-American families during World War Two. During internment, the U.S. government rounded up many Japanese adults for investigation without first producing evidence that they committed any crimes. The father in this story has been arrested for the sane reason. Army would deport all Japanese Americans to military camps, thus commencing Japanese American internment.So, the woman with her girl and her boy have to move to a camp. This is the exact act of racism. they have never committed any crimes, they have to move just because of they are from china. racism effect different gender indifference ways and it makes them act differently as this book explains. How can racism effect on different gender?
The song “Pretty Hurts” was written by Beyonce Knowles. Known for her empowering anthems, she effectively connects with an audience of women with her gut wrenching ballads and unifying messages. She began her career in the girl group, Destiny’s Child, and embarked on a solo career in 2003. Since then, she has proved to be one of most famous and influential female singers of all time. In the song “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce Knowles the speaker, a young woman who is dealing with body image issues, illustrates the idea that societal beauty standards are unattainable and harmful for young women. However, the speaker feels that women can overcome the pressure to adhere to these standards and be happy with their bodies. This message is directed toward other young women who, like her, are also affected by these detrimental beauty standards.
The school tried to change them and make them more American. They wanted them to change their language, religion, clothes and really anything to make them more like American’s. The girls went to the World Fair in 1904 for several reasons. It was team’s sports for the “fairer sex” It was not only for culture entertainment, but also to show these girls had incredible skills in basketball. The boarding school also wanted to show that they helped these native American girls “adopt the American way.” These girls were able to overcome everything and become great players and an incredible
No matter one’s career choice, family life, ethnicity, or culture, finding and owning one’s personal identity is a persistent struggle that can last an entire lifetime. One is surrounded by media and messages feigning “the perfect life” which begin to consume one’s thoughts with “what if’s” or “if only’s”. Lucy Grealy struggles with defining her self-image in her autobiography, Autobiography of a Face. Throughout Grealy’s accounts of her battle with cancer, bullies, and her self-esteem, readers get a raw, painful, yet incredibly relatable look into the elements that can contribute to self-image. In writing Autobiography of a Face, Grealy leaves readers with a chilling lesson: only readers themselves, not peers or the media or society, can choose how to define their lives. One must choose wisely and continually combat the world’s messages because self-image can set the stage for one’s entire life.
“Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline.” This slogan has been heard in every Maybelline makeup commercial and presents its viewers with women with unrealistically long eyelashes, flawless skin and fully glossed lips. But have we ever stopped to consider the message that these commercials entail? Could these Maybelline models have stumbled upon a full face of makeup that could be mistaken as a natural look? The media portrays these unrealistic standards to men and women of how women should look, which suggests that their natural face is not good enough. Unrealistic standards for beauty created by the media is detrimental to girls’ self-esteem because it makes women feel constant external pressure to achieve the “ideal look”, which indicates that their natural appearance is inadequate.
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” written by Joyce Carol Oates is a story about fifteen year old Connie who’s world is changed after an encounter with a stranger. Connie’s paradigm is transformed during and after this event.
Beauty Pageants deprive children of their confidence and childhoods because they lower girls self esteem. In today 's society, many magazines, movies, and runways pressure women to look a certain way, and to act a certain way. Young girls, even girls as young as one years old, can be affected by today’s obsession with fitness and perfection. These girls can take drastic measures to change what they look like, even going as far as starving themselves (Freymark 29). Beauty pageants are notorious for highlighting outward looks,and to many girls who believe that they are not beautiful enough, being judged on one 's appearance can cause a devastating blow to a girl’s confidence. In fact, Freymark states in her article “ Let the Girls
In Sharon Holbrook’s essay titled “Little Girls Don’t Need To Be Told They’re Beautiful,” is talking about how the mom doesn’t tell her little girls are beautiful. She believes that by telling the little girls they’re beautiful we are also bringing their beauty pressure home to our littlest girls. In her essay she said the more I compliment them for being pretty, the more they will crave hearing it. For example, in her house she compliment them but she doesn’t say the look beautiful she say’s “don’t you look fancy today!” The reason she said that is she wants her little girls to be in charge of their looks. I agree with Sharon Holbrook’s in not telling little girls they look beautiful. There are three types of things that all children should
According to Greenberg (2013), approximately 20% of the girls between the age of 8 and 18 who are using makeup say that they felt unappealing and undesirable without wearing makeup. And as a result of the survey she conducted, girls are wearing or using makeup in early age. They are also influenced by their celebrity idols, other people in TV shows and by the people in the environment they belonged. It says that women are more comfortable going out and socializing when they are wearing makeups. It also implied that the reasons why girls in early age prefer using makeup are because they are copying what older people around them do.
The novel shows black people who are aware of the danger of conforming to Western standards of beauty. In the beginning of the novel, Claudia describes herself as indifferent; She realizes that she does not really hate Maureen but instead hated “the thing that made her beautiful” (Morrison, page 58). Claudia always asked herself “What was the secret? ...Why was it important? And so what?” (Morrison, page 57) It was the ideology of whiteness that made Maureen Paul beautiful. When Claudia and Frieda were younger, they were happy with their blackness. “We felt comfortable in our skins, enjoyed the news that our senses released to us, admired our dirt, cultivated our scars, and could not comprehend this unworthiness” (Morrison, page 57). This may suggest that Claudia resists the pressure to conform to Western standards of beauty. Claudia recognizes that if we conform to the Western standard of beauty, we may gain beauty but only at the expense of others. However, Claudia learns to love Shirley Temple; Claudia “learned much later to worship her” (Morrison, page 16) This suggests that the idea of beauty is something that is learned and not natural or