This is because child beauty pageant contestants are taught that if you look pretty, you win prizes, you win in life. This results in developing their perception that being pretty with a cute attitude is the best thing in life. *For example, a girl named Daisey Mae was on Toddlers and Tiaras. She was eight years old and she said “Facial beauty is the most important thing in life.” This is exactly what I’m talking about. These girls grow up learning one skill: how to be pretty.
For example, “Young contestants like Karley endure a lot in the name of “beauty”: eyebrow waxes, wigs, heavy makeup, manicures, and partial dentures called “flippers” that fill in gaps left by missing front teeth” (Source E). Karley, a four-year-old, is already being led to believe that in order to be beautiful, she must “fix” her looks. Losing teeth is a normal part of childhood and this should not be considered “unattractive”. Pageants also encourage girls to “change their looks to fit narrow, invented standards of beauty” (Source E). By doing so, pageants provide unrealistic expectations for young women and make them feel sorry for themselves and wish for a “better appearance”.
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. The beginning of the poem there is a girl who is born and she is then given a doll, play stove, play iron, and bright red lipsticks. Soon this little girl beings to mature and hits the stage of puberty where her body begins to change. A fellow classmate says to her that she has a big nose and fat legs. She is healthy, smart, has strength in her arms and back.
In this novel ‘The Magic ToyShop’, our young protagonist Melanie a 15year old little girl dreams and fantasizes about the self. Her dreams twined with her fate, walk her through her destiny. The novel commences with Melanie’s desire to wear her mother’s wedding dress. Her desire and curiosity to feel like a woman, to feel like a naughty little princess provokes her to sneak into her parents’ room the day parents are out of the home. This emotion she goes through would be Carl Jung’s example of steering
I was procrastinating on my Mom’s request because this meant my childhood was moving in another direction. As I hesitantly stack each Barbie away I reminisce about the years of entertainment, comfort, and creativity these dolls have provided. In the bottom of the bin, I uncover Rapunzel. My eyes swell with tears as my heart begins to pound. I am transported back to when I was six-years-old and she was my favorite Barbie.
They were all sky high tall, skinny as a pinky, with amazing complexion like a porcelain china doll as if they were god’s ideal creation. What more does a girl want? The truth is every girl especially at a young age desires to look perfect. We have these ideal expectations to be a size zero and look like a Barbie doll. Why you may ask..
In “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy and “Homage to My Hips” by Lucille Clifton, women are presented with societal expectations for their gender. The girl in “Barbie Doll” is told that she has “a great big nose and fat legs.” In the following stanza, the girl is described as healthy, intelligent, strong, and a number of other positive qualities. When the comments about her nose and legs continue, she is encouraged to lose weight, smile, and be pursued by males in order to be of worth. She loses her former good qualities in exchange for society’s standards for perfection. Eventually, the pressure to be attractive leads her to commit suicide and finally, people begin to call her pretty when she has a “turned-up putty nose” in her casket.
She is the main carer for her husband, who is currently staying at a care home until Gladys is discharged from hospital. Gladys admitted to the nurse that she had been experiencing regular chest pains for some time; however, she had been self-administering aspirin to herself, rather than go to the doctor. As I observed, the nurse explained to Gladys that she should have gone to the doctor straight away rather than self-medicate and stated that Gladys would need an angiogram to confirm a diagnosis and assess any trauma sustained. She also gave Gladys a copy of The Eatwell Plate and stated that Gladys would need to lose weight in order to prevent the event from happening again,
This struck a chord with me due to one thing that all us girls have in common; femininity. There are plenty of times in an adolescent girl’s life that she gets to feel feminine. Getting to dress up for all the proms, doing your makeup for school in the morning, even something as minimal as putting on perfume for the day. Femininity is part of who women are, and the little girl putting on makeup is trying to hold on to every little last piece of who she is. She doesn’t have the time or money to express herself.
I wiped the blood off her brow, and asked what happen as if I did not know. They put her in a little holding area as the removed only her top to complete an ekg. After about an hour off to another hallway this time it was worse, we can see the rooms but her symptoms did not warrant a room. The doctor, asked personal questions in the hallway, and examined her. Stretchers were lined up, like cars in the parking lot.