“Two Kinds” a short story out of Amy Tan’s book “The Joy Luck Club” is a representation of the pressures immigrant children face from their parents. In the story, we follow a young girl named Jing-Mei as she embarks down the road to becoming a Prodigy. Her mother believed that “you could be anything you wanted to be in America” (Tan). For Jing-Mei that meant her mother believed she could become instantly famous. “Of course, you can be a prodigy, too”, her mother told her (Tan).
Stephanie Allmon of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said in one of her articles, “The perky pixie-size gymnast with the wide-tooth smile famously became the first female to grace the cover of a Wheaties cereal box; She remains one of the most popular athletes of all time.”(news.msn.com) Mary Lou Retton is known for many achievements in her gymnastics career including her “Perfect 10” vault, youngest inductee in The Hall of Fame, and many medals in the 1984 Summer Olympics. Her life-changing career started when she was only 4 years old. Retton’s many accomplishments like her “Perfect 10” had a big impact on society. (biography.com) Mary Lou Retton wanted to become a gymnast since she first saw Nadia Comăneci on their family television. She was born to Lois and Ron Retton on January 24,1968 in Fairmont, West Virginia.
He goes on to show the audience the ways that the provocative behavior of the girls can reap negative attention from all types of people. He writes, “It’s impossible to look at these photos and not see a terribly exploited little girl” (Hollandsworth 2). Pageants also teach the girls at a very young age, to be focused only on appearance. The target audience would mostly be southern mothers and grandmothers who tend to allow their daughters to sign up for the contests. The context of the article focuses on how everyone enjoys seeing these girls perform on stage.
Poniewozik focuses on the movie industry in which she describes many fairy tale movies to be rather popular among both parents and daughters even though they are aware of the importance of being a strong, self-determined woman. Poniewozik states that, “Hollywood is discovering that it still pays not to fight the royal urge. Following 2001’s $108 million - grossing The Princess Diaries” (Poniewozik). On the other hand, Orenstein focuses on the profits of the products sold as a result of the princess movies. Orenstein describes a new chain of mall stores called Club Libby Lu in which “girls ages 4 to 12 can shop for ‘Princess Phones’ covered faux fur and attend ‘Princess-Makeover Birthday Parties’.
Celebrities use impression manage in order to create and maintain a particular image to the public. Implementing Goffman’s concept to singer song writer Lady Gaga with unconventional and provocative practices reveals a deeper purpose with her involvement in celebrity status. Goffman’s theory states that celebrities’ constantly explore different images simply by putting on a front in order to enhance images within popular culture to be accepted by society. By enhancing their image within the public would more than likely accompany a larger fan base and, therefore, which increases their fortune (Ferrante, 2008).Due to her promotion and influence of youth empowerment and self- identity Lady Gaga draws critical acclaim subsequently boosting her public image. The social implications are overwhelming in the sense that a person would pretend to be something they are not in order to gain mass social acceptance.
As society has changed in the seventy-three years Disney has been making movies, so have the animated films themselves. While many young girls love the princesses and look up to them, others view these characters as negative role models. Disney Princesses have always appeared in movies as young women who dress in elegant gowns, have sexy bodies and perfect hair. They are always paired with a prince who lives in a castle, meaning that he has a lot of money. This description of what the Disney Princess is like; give us a big concern in the influence this image is giving to the little girls.
In the New York Times article “Cinderella and Princess Culture,” Peggy Orenstein investigates princess culture in today’s society. Orenstein is a successful writer for the New York Times and has published a best-selling memoir. In her investigation into the growing phenomenon of princess culture, Orenstein discovered that large companies, such as Disney, turn a substantial profit by selling costumes, dolls, and various princess themed must-haves. She argues that the princess hysteria sweeping the nation is not teaching kids life lessons, but rather further stereotyping little girls. Orenstein is a feminist herself as well as a mother.
Child Beauty Pageants are beauty contests for children under 18 years of age. It is a competition which divided into different categories such as, talent, interview, swimwear, theme wear and much more. Coming to the 21st century, child beauty pageants has become a growing trend in many countries, especially in the United States. There is numerous television show that is specifically organizing the child beauty pageants like “Toddlers and Tiaras” and “Little Miss Perfect” (Kelling, 2016). About 250,000 children participate in child beauty pageants every year, and the number is only increasing.
For example, Joelle “JoJo”, a contestant on the current season, stepped out of the limo wearing an obnoxious unicorn mask just to get noticed (season 20, ep. 1). Or how about Tiara who is a self-proclaimed chicken-enthusiast. Another woman wore a giant hat that resembled the first impression rose she hoped the bachelor would give her. If that’s not a desperate cry for attention then I don’t know what is.
It was awesome when my sister’s cheer team Synergy got first place at her cheer competition and won a trip to Orlando, Florida. Then we went to The Mall of America and went to the amusement park and road rides. Then later we went to dinner with all the girls on the cheer team at Dicks Last Resort, i would recommend going here if you're ever at The Mall of America. For the reasons above this trip to The Mall of America was totally amazing. The mall was crazy.