Menarche And Consumerism

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Menarche, the body and the influence of consumerism over a young woman 's body Medicine in the 19th century would influence both women 's and girls ' lives daily. Both physical and social development would be taught in social projects such as the Girls Scout 's during this time. Families would become healthier and more affluent during this time period, causing many children to develop earlier. Consumer products would be another influence as they were used for both daily maintenance or obtaining an image, which coincided with both economics and social behavior. As a result of an influx in female attendance in both high school and colleges across the U.S., many women were now marrying later which also resulted in fewer children being…show more content…
problem with the protection umbrella as it was known “eased the rite of passage in ways that adolescents today greatly need - and rarely receive.” Even though the female teachers in the Girl Scouts were not much older than the young girls themselves, they were much more mature and the younger girls could easily confide in them for advice. Menarche would become medicalized in the 20th century as an effort between inventors of new technology, doctors and mothers. The socialization of adolescent girls would play an important role in medicine because it “not only affects the economy, it also contributes to the way in which adolescent girls make the body into an intense project requiring careful scrutiny and constant personal control ” which is completely opposite how women viewed menarche in the Victorian era which was an important change (reproduction and fertility), not about personal hygiene and outside appearance as it is…show more content…
As the field of medicine grew, so did the medical marketplace and the consumerist idea of the body image. Richard Shylock allowed patients to not only dose themselves, but allowed them to freely choose doctors whom they felt comfortable with. Many women such as Ida Hunt would become “authors of their own fate” because they felt compelled to ignore the advice of many physicians because they felt safe with females physicians such as Mary Dixon Jones who were known for taking drastic measures when practicing medicine. The reality of reproductive change had changed gears and quickly become an idea of comfort, beauty and American

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