“After an hour and thirty minutes her daughter has become part Barbie, part Madame Alexander doll, and part Las Vegas showgirl” (Hollandsworth 1). These shows strip the girls of their childish innocents and use their oblivion to do so. They cannot process, with their undeveloped brains, to tell the difference between right and wrong in how they compete in the pageants. They base their worth by their appearance rather than what they are capable of doing. They grow up without a real identity and are only use to being exploited for how they look and
She is more worried about how her pregnancy can ruin her career, reputation, and body. Like her mother, she must have everything in control and when things go wrong, she cannot handle it. When she first realizes she might be pregnant, Alison takes a ridiculous number of pregnancy tests because she cannot accept that she let herself make such a mistake, especially because the baby is a product of a one night stand with a less than desirable guy from the club. When she and Ben, the father, are at the gynecologist she bursts into tears when he confirms that she is pregnant. Her perfect life is falling apart and she cannot do anything to help it, she becomes erratic and obsessive because of the high expectations she holds herself to due to her
Regardless, her mother still is persistent on Jing Mei becoming a prodigy, despite her passionless performance and her family’s negative reaction. In return, Jing Mei becomes angry at her mother, and will do anything to change her mind. Screaming, “I wish I were dead! Like them.”, her mother freezes, disappointed in her daughter, and quits Jing Mei’s piano classes. On Page 28-29, Jing Mei’s perspective on the world becomes more apparent: “For unlike my mother, I didn’t believe I could be anything I wanted to be, I could only be me.” After Jing Mei’s cultural experiences, and her mother’s contrasted beliefs of Jing Mei’s musical power, Jing Mei feels more culturally and musically independent, as well as
Cheyenne, is a case study, in Mary Piper’s Ph.D. book, Reviving Ophelia, whose parents had to move to a new neighborhood which caused a spiral of devastation to a once semi-normal (in society’s eyes) household. Reviving Ophelia, is an earth shattering, realization of how teen girls suffer from the new generation of fitting into a society that only accepts perfection. The young girl had always followed the rules, loved sports (especially soccer) and received good grades in school, unlike her older sister who had not been so innocent. Her mother and father had a few issues with her older sister but nothing like what Cheyenne was putting them through. While reading these first 4 chapters I felt myself wondering if I also had fallen into the
They are heavily looked down upon if they give birth to a female. Sons are more highly valued, and they are the only ones who can inherit the father’s wealth, and pass down the name. If there is no male child in the family, the family is considered pity and contempt. Azita dealt with social pressure personally by feeling forced to have a son. Mrs. Rafaat faced constant pressure to try and try again to have a son but failed and ended up
In the early 1800’s, Women were denied some of the essential rights that men had. For instance, women could not own land or have the right to vote. In fact, women could even be fired from the job they currently had if they were pregnant. But just imagine this, if a woman wanted to establish a credit card, she needs her husband to authenticate that for her. And to top it off, women were even denied to go to college because of their gender, even if they have spectacular grades (Katie).
The nature of natural order is disrupted by the corrupted court. Everyone in this story craves power and will do anything in their control to achieve it. The two eldest daughters of King Lear, Regan and Goneril, were granted the favor of their father. They were not worthy of his loyalty because they did not truly care about him - only what they could receive from him and his status. In Act 1 Scene III Goneril continues to tear her and her father’s relationship apart.
But, she is a teenage white girl, so there’s no way she can do anything but drink coffee and gossip Her mom and “dad” keep it from her for years that her real dad is the head of a school for very intelligent students that Rory will later attend. Rory has to find out for herself through the many clues she gets from her professor, a friend she meets at the school, and her true dad. Rory is devastated that her parents thought she was not capable of handling the information even when she went to a prestigious academy for only the most intelligent teenagers in the whole
But because she was an illegitimate child, many people believed that she was not fit to rule. Since all her advisors were men, they told Elizabeth to find a suitor to marry so that they would have a male heir to the throne. The public and her advisors also thought that a female ruler would not be able to lead the country into war. These were a few of the disadvantages for being a woman or woman ruler at that time. Mary Queen of Scots Mary queen of scots was a ruler who married a lot because of deaths and torture.
In A Visit from the Goon Squad, Lulu exemplifies maturity at the young age of nine. Lulu’s mother, Dolly, is a publicist that fell from fame and spent time in jail; the reality of having both an absentee mother and an absentee father forced her to grow up quickly, “Overhearing her daughter on the phone with her friends, Dolly was awed by her authority: she was stern when she needed
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a novel regarding Melinda Sordino, a 14 year old girl, who gets raped at the end of summer party. Melinda ends up calling the police, causing all of her friends to absolutely despise her. The story begins as Melinda arrives to her first day of 9th grade friendless, receiving dirty looks from everyone in the halls. Her once happy personality, entirely transforms into the opposite. “I cry to let everything out” Initially, Melinda befriends Heather, a new girl to the school, but later Heather realizes that Melinda being her friend ruins her social reputation.
The issue presented in this selection shows that Gaby Rodriguez is sick and tired of being expected that she will be a mother just like her mother and her older siblings. She was in honor classes and wanted to be the first of her family to go to college, everyone expected her to drop out of high school and not gradate unlike some Latina’s who would oppose the statistics by just doing well in school. She decided to fake her own pregnancy to get reactions and understand the stereotypes and what pregnant teens have to face. 2. Based on the information presented in this selection, do you feel this is an accurate account of the issue?
The development of these characters help us realize the fears they face on a daily basis. To start with, the protagonist of the book, Melinda, is experiencing multiple difficult times in her life like her parents relationship is falling apart, recovering from the rape, and loneliness. Melinda has isolated herself from everyone else for so long, but also since everybody thinks she busted the party, they don’t want to have anything to do with her. As her peers at school bully her by blurting things out at her while she has a perfectly good reason why she called the police, she is afraid to stand up for herself. At the party, she was raped by Andy and didn’t know what to do after it happened, so she called the police in shock.
It changed three people and their outlook on what the right thing to do is. When at Leslie’s grave, Jillian started talking to her, “I’m sorry, Leslie… I’ll never be the same because of what happened. I swear.” (Davis 276). When Katherine was at her beauty pageant, she was asked about her opinion on cyber bullying. After tearing up, she said, “There was a girl at my school… She was bullied by people I knew, by my best friends.