Furthermore many young girls have low self esteem from watching and competing in beauty pageants. According to psychologists, it is unhealthy for girls to watch and compete in pageants. For example the television show, “Toddlers and Tiaras” teaches young vulnerable girls that beauty is
Marge Piercy’s “ Barbie Doll” establishes the character to be a young girl who hits the stage of puberty and is then subjected to people's hurtful words that destroy her body image. Before these words she seemed to be a normal little girl playing with all the right toys. The words spoken were with intent to help the girl change her physical appearance so she could be a better version of herself, but in the end the girl felt there was no other option. She could never make everyone happy. The last part of the poem shows how society's judgmental words can strip you of your innocence and leave you in a satin lined box six feet under.
As many other people in this world, Piercy suffered from depression. “She did not fit any image of what women were supposed to be like.” (“Marge Piercy: Biography”). Perhaps “Barbie Doll” had been written from her own personal experience to show what she had gone through as a teenager growing up in society? In Piercy’s biography, it says that, “She went from a pretty and healthy child into a skeletal creature with blue skin give to fainting.” (“Marge Piercy: Biography”). So, reading this, “Barbie Doll” had definitely been related to her experience.
Lucy despises this notion almost as much as she loathes her mother and struggles with it daily. One concept she finds very repulsive is the importance of a woman’s image. She is disgusted by Dinah’s obsession with beauty and comments that “among the beliefs I held about the world was that being beautiful should not matter to a woman, because it is one of those things that would go away” (Kincaid, 57). Later on she mentions that “for the first time ever [she] entertained the idea that [she] might be beautiful”, but declares that she will “not make too big a thing of it” (Kincaid, 132). Lucy’s rejection of society’s emphasis on appearance frees her from the insecurities that are brought upon by a self-image based on looks.
Disney’s Cinderella also has quite a similar jarring scene in which the stepsisters rip off the dress from Cinderella’s body in order to impede her going to the ball. Furthermore, another aspect worth considering is the impact the depiction of such hostile behavior in fairy tales has on female readers. Girls most certainly notice (whether they do it consciously or subconsciously) that fairy tales glorify and reward beauty (Lieberman 385). When they identify with the beauties, girls tend to become suspicious of their less beautiful peers; and in case they identify with the plainer characters,
From the very beginning of the novel Jane has the courage to defy her aunt when she is unfairly punished in the red room. The cultural and social context of the age must be taken into account when analyzing such behavior. At the time, Jane Eyre’s gesture of talking back to people was totally improper, because women especially poor ones were expected to meekly accept their lot in life. But she cannot keep quiet and merely accept her condition as a poor orphan, because at the end of her discourse, she feels her soul begin "to expand, to exult, with the strangest sense of freedom, of triumph, I ever felt... as if an invisible bond had burst and that I had struggled out into unhoped-for liberty". This is the beginning of a spirit that Jane carries forward into her future relationships with men, beginning with the detestable Mr.
Throughout Chinese Cinderella, Adeline is abused by her parents and siblings. Frequently, she is verbally abused by her siblings by being called many rude names. “‘You don't know because you are stupid!’” (Mah 14). This quotes Big Sister calling Adeline stupid for something she didn't know the answer to. It is important because it gives evidence that Adeline is abused and treated unfairly at home, though most people outside the family do not sense that at all.
She usually did so by referring to society as “they” and then following with what society expects of a women. Such social constructs, however, are not followed by Emily, and that is her way of rebelling. In the poem “They shut me up in Prose,” Dickinson says “They put me in the Closet—/ Because they likes me “still”—“(Dickinson,3-4). This quote is aimed directly toward society when she used “They” and is talking about how she has been pushed away and frowned upon for not conforming to the traditional womanly tasks. but Emily continued to stand out and be an idol for many women who were afraid to stand for themselves.
The story The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant, Madame Loisel begins the story sadden by her social status then was forced to change by fate, and becomes more “ grown up”. In the start Madame was constantly moping about the nice things she didn’t have. “ She grieved incessantly, feeling that she had been born for all the little niceties and luxuries of living.” The quote shows that she was envous about what other women had and how she moped instead of taking the problem into her own hands and trying to fix it. Finally when she was able to go to such an event she had envied she worried immensely before and afterwards about others thought of her. ‘She danced madly, wildly, drunk with pleasure.
This image is brought to everyone as soon as they turn on the television or go to the store and see a magazine. The idea of being beautiful is what many women strive, for that is what gave the poet Marge Piercy the idea for her poem “Barbie Doll”. Marge Piercy used being a woman and pressure of beauty during her time, of the 1970s, to bring about a poem that tells the story of a woman who has to change for society to be called pretty. The poem
Granted all these statements were generalities, as I know many females whom are more manly than myself, but as a general statement I think that is fair to say, and I would agree with his point. Females that did not play the part while I was growing up got made fun of or were labeled by other girls. Females are very critical of other females, me personally could never handle the social condemning from other females for not playing the part of “female” to their standards. Frank on the other hand said that males are expected to ask girls out or take the lead in traditional relationship settings. He said that the entire process of asking girls out is very nerve racking and causes him lots of stress.