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The Disturbing Sexualization of Young Girls

- In the American culture today, women are becoming more sexualized at a younger age due to the influences of the corporate media. Corporate media and society form the perfect idealistic body that women should have and is constantly being promoted making younger girls start to compare themselves to them at a young age. Certain shows and movies, such as Disney, influence young children and teenagers through their characters as to how a woman is supposed to be accepted. The way the corporate media and society make this body image they want women to have starts in a very early stage in a woman's life without them knowing....   [tags: Hyper-Sexualization of Girls]

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Sexualizng Young Girls at a Young Age

- Push-up bikini Tops, Pole dancing kits, overly sexy dolls, thongs with suggestive sayings, and pregnant barbies, all of these products are being marketed to your children. Girls as young as 6 or 7 years of age, just starting kindergarten, are being targeted by many companies who are convinced that they are doing absolutely nothing wrong. But experts say that these toys can leave a negative impression that can cause all kinds of problems both emotional and physical on a young girl’s life. The Peek-a-boo Pole Dancing Kit was first introduced in Europe by TESCO, a local toy making company, as a toy marketed to children as young a 4 years of age....   [tags: Psychology, argumentative, persuasive]

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The Objectification Of Women And Young Girls

- trafficking, modeling, participating in pageants to the media using women as objects in their ads. Sexual objectification is both a cultural and social, in which women and young girls are valued based on their appearance, and most importantly their ability to have a body that is accepted by society. The potential consequences of such phenomenon is that women and girls will accept such sexualization and objectification and begin to objectify themselves, which means that over time, women will begin to accept society’s rule that their appearance does matter and their treatment on the hands of society will be based according to their looks, which can have an effect on their social and economic l...   [tags: Police, Gender, Woman, Female]

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The Porter and the Young Girls

- A frame tale is a narrative structure containing a series of related tales within the larger story. In the “Prologue” of The Thousand and One Nights, King Shahrayar witnessed his wife unfaithful, by having intercourse with another man. Because of this tragedy, the king decides to put his wife to death and marry a new woman each day so he will never have to deal with the pain or treachery caused by women. As the tale goes on, the Vizier, the king’s assistant, finds a new woman for the king to sleep with each night and then sends her off to her demise....   [tags: The Thousand and One Nights]

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How the Media Affects the Self Esteem and Body Image of Young Girls

- The misconception of what is beautiful can be detrimental to young girls. In a television industry attempt to sell goods, they are depicted as sexy. Creating a need for parents to intervene and present a more realistic and normal view of physical beauty. Today, TV presents sexually based images crafted to appeal to young girls. Unfortunately, they are led to believe that their value is only skin deep, causing flawed expectations, illusions, and wrong information about the truth of the physical body in the real world....   [tags: Negative Effect of Media on Girls]

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The Secularization of Popular Culture and Young Girls

- From an early age girls are bombarded with graphic messages about sexiness in the media and from popular culture. American society is filled with obscene amounts of images encouraging sexual behavior. The secularization of popular culture is extremely detrimental to young girls. In a study by the American Psychology Association, secularization is defined as “a person whose value comes from his or her sexual appeal or behavior” (Zurbiggen: pg1 para.3). One example of the various ways popular culture is targeting young girls is through social media sites....   [tags: american society, obscene images, media]

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The Effects Of Television On Women And Young Girls

- ... There is a difference in maintaining a healthy weight and striving to achieve the weight encouraged by popular culture. Similar to the young girls, women in America also are obsessed with weight and how to obtain the perfect weight. Again this is due to a culture, namely the media at large, that looks at perfection as being skinny and perfect. The Psychology of Women Quarterly (2004) stated, “Accordingly, because the representations of women’s bodies shown on television are so skewed, adopting this reality for young women is believed to lead to decreased satisfaction with their own bodies, a strong desire to be thinner, and disordered eating behavior” (p....   [tags: Reality television, Television, Body shape]

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The effect of Disney Princesses on young girls

- Like most young girls, I grew up watching Disney movies. I remember the desire to be and act like almost anything that I watched. I wanted expensive things and a prince that would sweep me off my feet. But I never thought about the negativity that came from watching these movies until I was old enough to realize how they affected my image, behavior, and expectation of love. Most parents are not getting this either. I can understand how many parents are blinded to the negative effects of Disney movies, and their princesses....   [tags: Image, Gender Roles, Love]

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The Perils of Beauty Pageants for Young Girls

- Beauty pageants teach girls to be confident and independent, they build confidence for those involved. The Miss America pageant has been nationally televised since 1954. It has paid for schooling for dozens of girls, but at the same time can be derogatory and degrading toward women. Women can go too far to win and live up to the standards of former beauty pageant winners and contestants. At times young girls feel they have to live up to standards of these women when in reality they do not....   [tags: Beauty Pageants, Miss America]

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The Negative Influence of Barbie on Young Girls

- First, Barbie’s body size is a negative influence on girls everywhere. “If Barbie were flesh-and-blood woman, her waist would be 39% smaller than that of anorexic patients, and her body weight would be so low that she would not be able to menstruate." –Developmental Psychology If Barbie was a real person her body measurements would be 36-18-33 (Czeck). She would be 5’ 6” and 110 lbs (Czeck). That is simply unrealistic. A woman of healthy weight has a body size of 36-24-36 (Body). A plastic doll has caused girls and women all over the world to feel insecure about who they are and what they look like....   [tags: body, career, life]

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Young Girls in Puberty Are Not Women

- ... Jepsen and Lisa K. Jepsen writes of "the effects of statutory rape laws on non-marital teenage childbearing." states that, “Many policy makers view the enforcement of statutory rape laws as a way to reduce teenage childbirths. For example, the district attorney's office in Riverside, California, received a $150,000 state grant to fund a statutory rape prosecution team in 1996 (Morgan 1996). California Governor Pete Wilson remarked in his State of the State address that "it's not macho to get a teenager pregnant, but if you lack the decency to understand this yourself we'll give you a year to think about it in county jail" In summer 2004, the state of Virginia used federal money for statu...   [tags: pregnancy, statutory rape, teenagers]

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Media's Destructive Influence on Young Girls

- The image of Disney’s ravishing princess marrying her perfect Prince Charming has infatuated young girl for decades. These delightful movies present role models for young girls influencing them to dress up as their favorite princesses in the image of their Disney princess models. Many parents regard this imaginative act of child's play as charming or innocent. However, there has been much speculation about the media’s message directed towards young girls. The most prevalent source of this worry is abundant in animated films (Travail)....   [tags: Beauty ]

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Objectifying Young Girls is Never Okay

- Background Beauty pageants became a part of American society during the 1920s. They started out as a way to bring tourist to Atlantic City. Adult beauty pageants were first to be televised in the 1950s. Child beauty pageants came on the scene around the 1960s. The pageants were designed to help boost children’s self-esteem and confidence. Child beauty pageants consist of modeling sportswear, evening gowns, dance, and talent. Depending on the type of pageant, the girls may be seen wearing fancy hairstyles and a lot of makeup....   [tags: american society, beauty pageants]

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Intimate Diary for Teenage Girls

- Have you ever dreamt about a dream in which seems so impossible that it’s buried within your heart. Many times people feel that a dream is more like a wish in which they can only pray upon. With any dream, no matter how big or small, it takes a lot of hard work yet in the end you accomplish a desired purpose. My dream belongs to my writing. I want to write an intimate diary for teen girls to read and be able to relate to. I would like to include private issues, personal thoughts, and many feelings that young girls may struggle with growing up....   [tags: dreams, young girls, journals]

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Effects of the Media on Young Girls

- Effects of the Media on Young Girls I can remember her standing in front of the mirror looking at herself. How she thought she was beautiful, I don’t know. Because the image I saw was of a person who looked like a living corpse. She had to have weighed only 100 pounds, her hair so thin, the black bags under her eyes, and her overall grayish complexion made her look as if she were a dead. As she saw me staring at her in the corner of her eye, she slammed the door in my face. That was the big sister that I knew now....   [tags: Eating Disorders Anorexia Bulimia Papers]

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The Media and Young Girls

- Depression of Happiness “Oh my God Becky look at her butt. It’s so big”. An excerpt from a very popular rap song describes a fast growing number of girls who believe they are fat no matter what anyone else or the scale tells them. Since they can remember scantly clad models and celebrities have been parading if front of them on a daily basis. This is causing a widespread epidemic of impressionable young girls who do whatever it takes to look like celebrities such as Calista Flockhart or Lara Flynn Boyle....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]

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Young Girls with Eating Disorders

- You open up a magazine and fine a beautiful woman who is 110 pounds soaking wet. Her eyes are the starring straight at the camera with her thin lips clinched together and her neck slightly raised. This in my most cases is what beauty is brought out to be. Sometimes you have to ask yourself, how many of those girls do you actually see. For others its, how do I become that. Many teen girls suffer with anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder in which girls use starvation diets to try to lose weight. They starve themselves down to skeletal thinness yet still think that they are overweight....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Development of Body Image in Young Girls and Adolescent Women

- Have you ever heard, "I wish I was taller. If only I had curly hair I would be pretty. I would be happy if I was skinner. Why can’t I look like her?" These are all comments commonly made by young girls, whom are feeling pressure to have the ideal physical features. This pressure builds and builds as the girl is aging and being effected by her environment. This strain reaches a maximum point when the girl is crossing into womanhood. The external influences change throughout a life time but they constantly play a significant role....   [tags: Beauty ]

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Effects Of Eating Disorders Among Young Girls And Women

- ... The models pictured on magazines are typically thin. It is seldom when a woman on the front issue of a magazine will be a size larger than a six. An average model weights up to 25 percent less than an average woman and will maintain a weight around 15 to 20 percent below what is considered healthy (“Eating”). According to an infographic created by Rader Programs, “66 percent of women are influenced by underweight models in magazines” (Kramer). According to Kramer from Livestrong, women will turn to magazines for dieting advice....   [tags: Eating disorders, Bulimia nervosa]

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The Negative Effects of Barbie Dolls on Young Girls

- Children need to have good role models to look up to. A good role model includes being ambitious and doing good deeds. Most little girls look up to the doll named Barbie. The doll has played a very important roll in many childhoods. She was introduced in the 50’s and manufactured by Mattel. Barbie is an up beat character and is always up to date on the latest trends. She has long blonde hair, beautiful blue eyes that go with her perfect makeup, and is tied all together by her medium tanned curvacious body....   [tags: gender roles, eating disorders, ]

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Women 's Literature Among Young Girls

- Brock Warren Dr. Holly Blackford American Children’s Literature 27 April 2015 Research Proposal Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women remains one of the most enduringly popular characters in children’s literature among young girls. The wild irony, however, is that Jo is anything but the model of girlhood one typically sees in children’s books. One may easily read Jo as a queer figure—more male-identified than female, and with stronger ties to the women in the novel than the men. What does one make of the ending, though, when Jo has finally married a man and the family is gathered together, with Marmee telling her daughters she could not wish them a greater happiness than their curr...   [tags: Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, Orchard House]

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Young Girls are Becoming More Hypersexual From What They See in the Media

- Girls are looking older and older at a younger age and are starting to take dangerous measures. The marketing companies are deciding to market to six year olds as though they are sixteen, and parents are the ones buying the clothes for them. Not only is there a problem with the clothes that girls wear, it is also the toys they play with. First girls want to play dress up as princess then they want to play with the princesses. Soon the young girls get tired of playing with princesses and want dolls with attitude....   [tags: princess, barbie, media, toys]

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Media is Pushing Young Girls to Grow Up Too Fast

- Our media continues to flood the marketplace with advertisements portraying our young teens much older than their age. Woman’s body images have been the focus of advertising for generations. However, now the focus is more directed to the younger teenage girls instead of woman. Young girls are often displayed provocatively while eating messy triple decker hamburgers, or sipping a diet sodas on an oversized motorcycles. As a result, young teens are dressing older than their age, trying to compete with this ideal media image....   [tags: eating disorders, advertisements, models]

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Media’s Impact on Beauty and Body Image of Young Girls

- It’s difficult to envision a world where idealized female imagery is not plastered everywhere, but our present circumstance is a relatively new occurrence. Before the mass media existed, our ideas of beauty were restricted to our own communities. Until the introduction of photography in 1839, people were not exposed to real-life images of faces and bodies. Most people did not even own mirrors. Today, however, we are more obsessed with our appearance than ever before. But the concern about appearance is quite normal and understandable given society’s standards....   [tags: Media, Photography, Mirrors, Appearance]

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Media’s Impact on Beauty and Body Image of Young Girls

- It’s difficult to envision a world where idealized representations of females do not exist. However, before the creation of the mass media, our ideas of beauty were restricted to our own communities in which we live. When photography was introduced in 1839, real-life images of faces and bodies were not exposed to society. The likelihood of someone owning a mirror during that time was very rare. Today, however, one is considered odd if they do not own a mirror. Today we look for any excuse to look in the mirror as we have become more obsessed with our appearance than ever before....   [tags: Beauty ]

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Media Affects the Self Esteem and Body Image of Young Girls

- A girl has either a negative distorted view of her physical appearance or she feels positive about the way she looks and is comfortable in her own body. The most common perspective of how a girl thinks her body image looks is negative. Girls tend to think that celebrities’, models’, and television stars’ bodies are the only way that they should look. The ongoing exposure of an unrealistic body image can deceive what is actually reality. Some people believe that girls get this standards of “beautiful” from their peers and family when in reality girls get these standards from the media and prominent people in society....   [tags: psychology, physical appearance]

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Society’s Influence on Young Girls: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa

- Every generation has a set of values that they believe make a person beautiful. In the 1940’s and 50’s it was considered beautiful to be a voluptuous woman. A woman with a large chest and full hips was the ideal woman, such as Marylyn Monroe. The difference between then and now is, young women could escape this image if need be. Today it is impossible to ignore the stick thin super models on bill boards, TV, and in magazines. The influence of society on teenagers is so much that men actually expect a woman to be that stick thin model or they are considered “fat”, “tubby”, etc....   [tags: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa]

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Teen Pregnancy and Abortion: Young Girls Should Have The Rights To Abortion

- Abortion, the termination of a fetus in a women’s early days of pregnancy, can have many benefits for women and also the fetus inside of the women. Abortion has been practiced since the 1650’s, and is still being practiced today in America. Although it used to be illegal, it became legal in 1973 after the court case, Roe v. Wade. This procedure has saved many lives over the years. Abortion can be performed surgically in a clinic, or with special pills to abort the fetus. Women should have the right to an abortion because it can save her life, she might have been raped or, taken drugs that might have harmed the fetus....   [tags: pregnancy, fetus, women]

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Eating Disorders and Adolescents

- Eating disorders develop during adolescence and normally peak within girls at the age of 15-16. Disturbed eating behavior are very dominant within the adolescent woman in our society. The number of adolescent woman struggling with such disorders is upwards of 40%. The most common of these disorders are bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating. There are various factors within our society that influence the development of such disorders. Deleterious eating behaviors are all to common in and the prevalence of them are so high that they are becoming less and less of a rarity....   [tags: young girls, anorexia, bulimia]

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Lolita by Vladamirs Nabokov

- Vladamirs Nabokov’s novel titled Lolita explores the taboo topic of pedophilia and obsession. Humbert Humbert, the main character, has always had a strong attraction to young girls around the ages twelve to thirteen or nymphets as he likes to call him. He watches them play in the park, likes to look at pictures of Girl Scouts and enjoys watching them swim in the pool. Humbert reflecting on his life tries to justify his actions that have landed him in jail by writing them down in a manuscript. He writes to his readers about how he met Lolita, the twelve year old daughter of his landlady, and chronicles how he constantly fantasies about fondeling her body and eventually taking sexual action to...   [tags: pedophilia, obsession, young girls]

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What the Cinderella Story Has to Teach Young Girls

- At first glance, what makes a fairy tale a fairy tale may seem obvious—some kind of magic, hidden symbols, repetition, and of course it’s evident it’s fiction—but fables are more than that. As Arthur Schelesinger puts it, it’s about “[expanding] imagination” and gaining understanding of mysterious places (618). While doing this, it also helps children to escape this world, yet teach a lesson that the reader may not be conscious of. A wonderful story that achieves all of this is Cinderella, but not the traditional tale many American’s have heard....   [tags: Literature, The Rough Faced Girl]

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Immorality of Beauty Pageant Industry

- Look at her as she trots on stage with her lively curls and perfectly applied make up to match her petite fitting dress. She is only a toddler and has being participating in pageants since birth. Most beauty pageants are for young girls stretching from the ages of 3 months until the age of 18. They are entered to participate in contests that judge them on how well they appear, communicate, and perform in front of an audience. Young girls are being placed in clothing that is overly provocative for them to be wearing at such a young age....   [tags: sexy dresses for very young girls]

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Beauty Pageants: Helpful or Harmful?

- There has always been controversy as to whether beauty pageants are good for young girls. Beauty pageants are not something young girls should participate in. Of course any parent would be proud of their little girl if they won a beauty contest because beauty pageants would help little girls to be comfortable around adults, give them a chance to win money and teach them the importance of friendly competition; however, there are downsides such as the amount of money that must be spent, the harsh competitive hours and training girls must go through, and most importantly the emotional and physical damage in can cause in the long run....   [tags: young girls, training, physical damage]

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Why Child Labor Affects Young Girls And Boys Being Abducted Or Forcibly Forced Into Manual Labor

- ... I will try to go more in depth into the critical and horrible working conditions in which these kids are put through, the main causes of child labor in china today, and finally try to come up with possible ideas the government and its people could make to reduce and eventually stop this practice. Most of the child labor in China originates from poor disadvantaged rural areas. Here many uneducated children, who do not have the financial resources to stay in school, migrate into big urban cities in search of jobs to make ends meet....   [tags: Employment, Childhood, Wage, Labor]

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The Princesses in Disney Movies

- The Princesses in Disney’s animated films have been known to have a great influence on young girls’ lives, portraying what a princess is all about. The Disney Princesses are consumed of Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, Belle, Pocahontas, and now Brave. They are loved by millions, and are featured all over America, everything from cups to costumes. Combined with Disney’s already popular image, the princesses of his stories created the image for “princesses of all princesses”....   [tags: Influence, Young Girls, Snow White, Cinderella]

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Positive Body Image

- Redefining the Definition of a “***Flawless” Body In today’s day and age positive body image is an important factor to maintain, not only for the physical wellbeing of a person but also because it can determine the mental state and wellbeing of a person. Primarily us women are more subject to maintain and acquiring a “body” that can be acceptable in society. Women are subjected to social injustice on a daily basis about their bodies and what their ideal body should be. Such an “ideal” body can include almost impossible proportions and weight goals....   [tags: desire, ideal body, young girls]

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Annotated Bibliography on Self Image

- ... The author, goes on to describe The most popular media( tevelsion, movies magazines, ect.) havesince Wrld War 2, inreasling held up a thinner and thinner body imgeas the ideal for woman. He also blames soaps and music videos for the way young girls see themselves. He found that they were dissatified with their bodys, and by the time they are 17 it will have gooton worse. He assosiates this with the amont of time they spend in the media. Also that atching star like britney spears doesn’t help their body image....   [tags: teenagers, girls, self-esteem, young]

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An Evaluation of Body Image

- Introduction “You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you.”(Nyongo, 2014) On March 1st,2014, Lupita Nyongo, Oscar Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years A Slave, gave a moving speech expressing the thoughts of a young girl. An adolescent young girl wrote a letter stating her perception of being colored. She looked for medication in order to obtain lighter skin. Her self-hate consumed her and slowly prevented her from accepting who she is. The girl struggled with her self-esteem....   [tags: Young African American Girls, Society, America]

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The Reality of World in Araby and Boys and Girls

- Our perception about the world change as we grow up and experience the reality of life. This is the necessary and universal experience that we all must undergo to face the world successfully. The protagonists in James Joyce’s “Araby” and Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls experience a common initiation of how different the world is, compared to how they would like to see. The reader is given a glance into the lives of two adolescents. The protagonists in both stories are of the growing age and their perceptions about the world change....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Araby Essays]

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Pink is for Girls and Blue is for Boys

- Gender roles are taught to us early on in our lives. At the hospital, when babies are newly born they are wrapped up in either a pink or blue blanket depending on the sex of the child. As early as our first few moments in the world, we are inundated by ideas of what it means to be a girl or a boy. Learning about gender roles is an important aspect of a child’s socialization. Ideas about masculinity and femininity can come from a variety of sources - parents, media, the school system and so much more....   [tags: Gender Roles, Girls, Boys, Men, Women]

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Analysis of Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

- This week’s reflection is on a book titled Girls Like Us and it is authored by Rachel Lloyd. The cover also says “fighting for a world where girls not for sale”. After reading that title I had a feeling this book was going to be about girls being prostituted at a young age and after reading prologue I sadly realized I was right in my prediction. The prologue starts with the description about a girl who likes swimming, SpongeBob, Mexican food, writing poetry and getting her nails painted. To a normal person this sounds like a normal description for a little girl but normal is not the adjective to describe this girl because this little girl has been trafficked (or prostituted) by her 29 year...   [tags: girls, prostituted, age, traffick]

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Gender Roles in Alice Munro’s Boys and Girls

- In Alice Munro’s short story “Boys and Girls,” our narrator is a young farm girl on the verge of puberty who is learning what it means to be a “girl.” The story shows the differing gender roles of boys and girls – specifically that women are the weaker, more emotional sex – by showing how the adults of the story expect the children to grow into their respective roles as a girl and a boy, and how the children grow up and ultimately begin to fulfill these roles, making the transition from being “children” to being “young adults.” The adults in the story expect the children to grow into the gender role that their sex has assigned to them....   [tags: Boys and Girls Essays]

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Coming of Age in Alice Munro’s "Boys and Girls"

- In Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls,” there is a time line in a young girl’s life when she leaves childhood and its freedoms behind to become a woman. The story depicts hardships in which the protagonist and her younger brother, Laird, experience in order to find their own rite of passage. The main character, who is nameless, faces difficulties and implications on her way to womanhood because of gender stereotyping. Initially, she tries to prevent her initiation into womanhood by resisting her parent’s efforts to make her more “lady-like”....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Alice Munro]

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Alice Munro’s short story, Boys and Girls

- A women’s place is in the kitchen, cooking dinner or cleaning. These words will certainly provoke some strong emotions if spoken today, but forty or fifty years ago this was considered an acceptable social norm. Alice Munro’s short story, “Boys and Girls”, examines the life of a young girl, and chronicles the effect that her parents, the influence of friends and family, and key events in her childhood, have on her transformation into a young woman. As children grow, they learn the majority of their behaviors and how to carry themselves from the first teachers they encounter, which in most cases are their parents....   [tags: alice munro, feminism, girls role]

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Alice Munro's Boys and Girls

- Alice Munro's Boys and Girls In Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls” she tells a story about a young girl’s resistance to womanhood in a society infested with gender roles and stereotypes. The story takes place in the 1940s on a fox farm outside of Jubilee, Ontario, Canada. During this time, women were viewed as second class citizens, but the narrator was not going to accept this position without a fight. Munro’s invention of an unnamed character symbolized the narrator’s lack of identity, compared to her younger brother, who was given the name Laird, which is a synonym for “Lord”....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro]

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Gender Roles in Alice Munro’s "Boys and Girls" and Bobbie Ann Mason’s "Shiloh"

- Up until recently, the definition of what a man or a woman should be has been defined, with boundaries, by society; males should be strong, dominant figures and in the workplace providing for their families while females should be weak and submissive, dealing with cleaning, cooking and children. Any veering away from these definitions would have disrupted the balance of culture completely. A man playing housewife was absurd, and a woman being the sole provider for the family bizarre. In Alice Munro’s short story “Boys and Girls” and Bobbie Ann Mason’s “Shiloh”, conflict arises when expectations based on gender are not fulfilled by the characters....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Shiloh]

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Only a Girl in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro

- Only a Girl in Boys and Girls Alice Munro's short story, "Boys and Girls," explores the different roles of men and women in society through a young girl's discovery of what it means to be a girl. A close examination of the elements of a short story as they are used in "Boys and Girls" helps us to understand the meaning of the story. The story is set in the 1940s, on a fox farm outside of Jubilee, a rural area only twenty miles away from the county jail. The farm is a place that reflects the ingenuity of the narrator's father....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro]

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The Importance of Gender in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro

- The Importance of Gender in Boys and Girls   Since the beginning of time, gender roles have existed in society.  Women were assigned the tasks of child-care and food preparation.  Men performed most activities that required physical strength.  As society progressed, the role of women did not.  Although less emphasis is placed on gender roles today, gender roles still exist. In 1968, Alice Munro wrote, "Boys and Girls" to address the confusion that gender roles may cause in a modern society. "Boys and Girls" is a coming-of-age story about a young girl who is enjoying her tomboy years and is defiant about becoming a woman.  The theme in "Boys and Girls" is this transition from the childhood...   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro]

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Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls Trilogy

- Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls Trilogy     In all honesty, I chose to read The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien because it was the only text that I could get my hands on. After reading it though, I’m glad I had the luck of choosing it. I realized, while reading the trilogy, that throughout my course of study, I have not read very many female authors. I may have read a few short stories along the way, but most books that I have read for classes and for pleasure have been written by men. I saw the difference in writing styles as I read the first paragraph of the book and immediately liked the change of pace and detail-oriented style....   [tags: Country Girls Trilogy]

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Girls' Development During Adolescence: Diminishment of Self

- Large numbers of American girls face a crisis during adolescence. Numerous studies document the disturbing trends that affect girls during this vulnerable time. Girls' IQ scores drop. Their grades in math and science decline dramatically. The confidence, curiosity, and willingness to take risks that mark their childhood years are replaced by unassertiveness, boredom, and a cleaving to the status quo. Girls at this age become prone to eating disorders, self-mutilation, and depression. Even girls without obvious signs of distress undergo a curious diminishing, as if all the interests and energies of their childhood must now be channelled into maintaining a narrow and alien definition of se...   [tags: Femininity Girls Females Teenagers Essays]

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How the Media is Affecting Teenage Girls

- In this century there has been a lot of attention toward the media and how its affects young people. Joyce Garity, author of “Is Sex All That Matters,” and Steve Lopez, “A Scary Time to Raise a Daughter,” write about how media such as magazines, the internet, and television affects teenagers. Both authors talk about how the media is using sex and violence to sell products, thus leading teenagers to commit wrongful deeds, including lack of using birth control leading to unwanted pregnancy, imitating girls on the magazines, and cannot distinct between fantasy and reality....   [tags: Media, Teenagers, Girls, ]

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The Imagery of Smoke, Fire, and Burning in The Columbus School for Girls by Liza Wieland

- The Imagery of Smoke, Fire, and Burning in The Columbus School for Girls by Liza Wieland The story "The Columbus School for Girls," by Liza Wieland contains the imagery of smoke, fire, and burning as a means of expressing the many aspects of love and passion. The ultimate symbol of love in the story is an all-consuming fire, yet smoke and burning act as manifestations of the different stages of love. The "narrators" in the story experience many of these facets by witnessing it in the life of Emily Jerman, and ultimately come to a realization and transformation of their own....   [tags: The Columbus School for Girls]

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Social Pressures in Willa Cather's Pauls Case and Alice Munro's Boys and Girls

- Ambition—the desire to achieve, will to succeed. Every character is defined by his dreams, his goals, and his passions. As individuals, we are confronted with social codes and implications that cause us to revolt and break free from the grasp of uniformity. Oftentimes dreams and ambitions clash with the unwritten laws of civilization. In Willa Cather’s short fiction “Paul’s Case” and Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls”, the protagonists challenge expectations and rebel against settings governed by uniformity and gender-specific roles....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro]

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Growing Up in Araby by James Joyce and Boys and Girls by Alice Munro

- Growing Up in Araby by James Joyce and Boys and Girls by Alice Munro In the stories “Araby” by James Joyce, and “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro, there is a common theme of growing up. In both of these stories the characters came to a realization of who they were and what they wanted to be. They both are of the age when reality strikes and priorities take on meaning. The characters in both stories evolve through rites of passage but the way in which these revolutions occur differ with each character....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Alice Munro]

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An Annotation of John Crowe Ransom's Blue Girls

- An Annotation of John Crowe Ransom's Blue Girls Simply put, Blue Girls is about beauty. The poem focuses on the realization and truthfulness that beauty undoubtedly fades. The speaker appeals to young girls, warning them to not put all their hope in their beauty, but to still utilize it before it diminishes. Blue Girls By John Crowe Ransom Twirling your blue skirts, travelling the sward Under the towers of your seminary, Go listen to your teacher old and contrary Without believing a word....   [tags: Crowe Ransom Blue Girls Poem Essays]

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Gender Roles in Alice Munro’s Boys and Girls

- Whether it is the past or the present, there have always been gender roles in society. In most homes, it is the woman’s responsibility to take care of the house. This includes cleaning, meal preparations, raising and taking care of the children as well as the husband. Compared to the men who take care of the more physical activities, such as yard work. It was known throughout many years that it was a woman’s responsibility to stay in the house while the man would go out and look for work to provide money for his family....   [tags: Boys and Girls Essays]

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Body Image, Peer Pressure, and Identity in Mean Girls

- It has not been too long ago that I still remember my adolescent years. I always remember the unintelligent things I did that I wish could change, but this Psychology class made me realize that all adolescents go through the same things I experienced. Adolescents are known to try to find their identity, go through peer pressure, make mistakes, and try new things. The move I picked that closely represented what adolescents go through was “Mean Girls”. Some of the scenes in the movie seem a little exaggerated, but it has happened in certain high schools even though I had not experienced it personally....   [tags: Mean Girls Essays]

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Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown and History

- “Young Goodman Brown” and History                 Q. D. Leavis states that “perhaps the persecuting aspect of their way of life was peculiarly present to Hawthorne because of the witch-hanging judge and the Quaker-whipping Major among his ancestors” (30). This is a reference to one instance of historical allusion in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown.” This essay will explore a variety of historical incidences referred to in this short story.   Clarice Swisher in “Nathaniel Hawthorne: a Biography” states:   William Hathorne was a colonial magistrate involved in the persecution of Quakers, another Protestant religious group....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]

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Hardship of a Girl in a Man's Society in Alice Monroe's Short Story, Boys and Girls

- Boys and girls, the struggle of self-definition From Early history, we have seen gender roles being displayed in a society. As villages were created, a more stable environment was formed, making it easier to start a family. Naturally the women became homebound; taking care of their children and preparing food, while the men went out to hunt and participate in other physically demanding jobs. Gradually these roles became more defined but as societies progressed, the role of women did not. “Boys and Girls”, written by Alice Monroe is a short story which displays the hardship of a girl in a man’s society....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro]

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Alice Munro's Boys and Girls

- Alice Munro's "Boys and Girls" Alice Munro's short story, "Boys and Girls," has a very interesting detail written into it. The narrator's brother is named Laird, which was carefully chosen by the author. Laird is a synonym for lord, which plays a important role in a story where a young girl has society's unwritten rules forced upon her. At the time of the story, society did not consider men and women equal. The name symbolized how the male child was superior in the parents' eyes and in general....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Alice Munro]

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Alice Munro's Boys and Girls

- “Boys and Girls” is a short story, by Alice Munro, which illustrates a tremendous growing period into womanhood, for a young girl living on a fox farm in Canada, post World War II. The young girl slowly comes to discover her ability to control her destiny and her influences on the world. The events that took place over the course of the story helped in many ways to shape her future. From these events one can map the Protagonist’s future. The events that were drawn within the story provided the Protagonist with a foundation to become an admirable woman....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Alice Munro]

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The Compulsion Toward Evil in Young Goodman Brown – Is It Correct?

- The Compulsion Toward Evil in “Young Goodman Brown” – Is It Correct.   This essay intends to show that the compulsion toward evil indicated in the tale “Young Goodman Brown,” on the part of not only the main characters but also the townspeople at large (in other words “the whole world”) is contained in many of Hawthorne’s tales, and it is an incorrect notion. Nathaniel Hawthorne used compulsion as a theme not only in this short story but in others as well. Consider the comments of Frederick C. Crews in “The Logic of Compulsion in ‘Roger Malvin’s Burial’: Yet a scrupulous examination of the main character’s motives reveals that Hawthorne has approached his subject on a deeper level than th...   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]

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The Compulsion Toward Evil in Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

- The Compulsion Toward Evil in “Young Goodman Brown”      It is the intention of this essay to demonstrate the compulsion toward gross evil in “Young Goodman Brown” that is indicated by the actions of the characters, a compulsion that includes not only the leading characters but virtually everyone in the tale.   In Salem village that fateful night when the young Puritan husband was departing home for the night, he exchanged “a parting kiss with his young wife.” The wind was playing with “the pink ribbons of her cap.” Literary critic Wagenknecht surveys some of the critical interpretation relative to these ribbons on Faith’s cap and how they convey a message from Hawthorne:   Mathews...   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]

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Hardships in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro

- In her story, Boys and Girls, Alice Munro depicts the hardships and successes of the rite of passage into adulthood through her portrayal of a young narrator and her brother. Through the narrator, the subject of the profound unfairness of sex-role stereotyping, and the effect this has on the rites of passage into adulthood is presented. The protagonist in Munro's story, unidentified by a name, goes through an extreme and radical initiation into adulthood, similar to that of her younger brother....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro]

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Awareness in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro

- When children are faced with emotional events that challenge their ideas, they take another step on the road to being “grown up” as they discover their identity. The short story “Boys and Girls” written by Alice Munro illustrates this coming of age by allowing us to follow the development of a young girl. We follow the main character, who narrates the story, as she changes from beginning to end. As the story opens, the narrator acts like a care free child, not paying heed to her gender. She then begins to react strongly to the way she is treated by her family and their expectations of her young womanhood....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro]

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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

- Today, I am going to discuss the bestselling, fictional novel, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. In her book, Annelise Marie – better known as Anne Frank, documents her experiences during the Holocaust and World War II (WWII). Readers are better able to get a feel for the suspense going on and emotion that Jews experienced, through a teenage mind. Anne Frank was only about 13 when she began writing about her book and 14 during hiding. She talks about the dangers of outside, bombings, shootings, and air raids of foreign enemies, as well as the “call ups” by Gestapo and the capture of her fellow acquaintances (including their experiences in the brutal concentration camps)....   [tags: The Diary of a Young Girl]

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Central Conflict, Climax and Resolution in Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

- The Central Conflict, Climax and Resolution in “Young Goodman Brown”     This essay will analyze Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” to determine the central conflict in the tale, its climax and partial resolution, using the essays of literary critics to help in this interpretation. In my opinion, the central conflict in the tale is an internal one - the conflict in Goodman Brown between joining the ranks of the devil and remaining good, and the extension of this conflict to the world at large represented by the villagers of Salem.    It is a difficult personal journey for Young Goodman Brown, a young Puritan resident of Salem, Massachusetts, in the 1600’s to say goodbye to Fa...   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]

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Pink is for Girls and Blue is for Boys

- In connection with this discussion about Barbie creating unrealistic standards for girls and fostering controversial feministic stereotypes, a woman named Blondie Bennett is currently making headlines across the world for famously stating that she would like to be treated like a “plastic sex doll” and will undergo hypnotherapy to become “brainless” like Barbie (Kirkova, 2014). Bennett is an obsessive Barbie fan who has invested thousands of dollars on plastic surgeries to create a more plastic-like image for her body so that she can look more like the doll....   [tags: gender, cultural stereotypes]

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Gender Stereotypes in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro

- In the story, 'Boys and Girls', the major theme is gender stereotypes. Through the narrator, the unfairness of sex-role stereotyping, and the negative consequences and effects this has on her passage into adulthood is presented. Also, the narrator is telling us that gender stereotyping, relationships, and a loss of innocence play an extreme role in the growing and passing into adulthood for many young children including herself. By gender stereotyping, the story is saying that there will be bad consequences on young child- ren....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro]

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Gender Role Reevaluation in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro

- Gender Role Reevaluation in Boys and Girls      Recent history boldly notes the protests and political unrest surrounding the Vietnam Conflict during the 1960s and 70s. However, equally important in this era are the women who pushed for gender role reevaluation and publicly rebelled against the established social norm of a woman's "place." Although Alice Munro may not have been burning her bra on the courthouse steps, threads of a feminist influence can be found in "Boys and Girls." Munro's main character, a girl probably modeled after Munro's own childhood experiences on an Ontario farm, faces her awakening body and the challenge of developing her social identity in a man's wor...   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro]

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Journey Motif in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro

- Alice Munros Journey Motif in Boys and Girls Many short stories are recognized as milestones in the development of modern realist fiction. “Boys and Girls” is a short story that evokes a realistic rather than romantic view of a girl’s journey towards finding herself. This short story includes the fight for her gender, and her struggle with her identity. Also, in addition to these two defining aspects, this short story contains the realistic account of who and what she is to become. Clearly one of the main themes evident in this short story, the battle with her identity and gender is quickly made apparent....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Alice Munro]

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The Effects of Media on Adolescent Girls

- Media has become a significant component within society. While media provides many pros, it supplies various cons as well. One very prominent fault that the significance of media has is its visual depiction of women. There is an abundance of media portraying women to have ideal bodies, and this undoubtedly has a negative effect on adolescent girls. Two of the many effects of media on females are depression and self esteem issues, as well as eating disorders. Unfortunately, body dissatisfaction caused by media is becoming more and more common....   [tags: women, beauty, health, self-esteem, depression]

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The Premature Sexualization of Girls in the Media

- ... (Rutherford, L. , Bittman, R. et al, 2005.). In Australia the highest amount of sexual content legally available to children in music and music videos. “44%-81% of music videos contain sexual imagery”, especially the presentation of women in provocative and revealing clothing, emphasising their bodies and “sexual readiness”, and using women as “decorative objects that dance and pose” (APA, 2010) Advocates responsible for the sexual education of Australian children are less concerned with preventing early and unwanted sexualisation, and more concerned with minimizing disease and potential harms after sexual activity (Rutherford, L....   [tags: mainstream media, unrealistic standards]

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Do Girls Join The Pageants?

- ... The use of other professional views allows his audience to see the research that was taken into place and contains proof that he has collected to back up his view on the sexualization of girls. In order to get to the audience 's emotions Hollandsworth adds a sense of fear in to give an example of how old pageant girls felt after the death of JonBenet. “ I remember thinking when she was killed I was going to get killed to as well”(Hollandsworth). Pageant girls were scared to sleep and perform because they believed pedophiles were at the competitions seeking out who to kill next....   [tags: Girl, Woman, Beauty contest, Women]

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The Power Girls Have on Guys

- It is interesting to see the effect that girls can have on guys. In the short story, “A & P” by John Updike, a teenage boy’s daily routine at work is completely rattled due to a group of three teenage girls that walk into the store he works at which he works and as a result, the teenage boy makes a life changing decision. The young men (Sammy) morals are put to the test along with his life expectations due to this group of teenage girls that help Sammy see his life through a different perspective....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Girls Is The Best Or Most Popular

- In every high school movie, girls are pinned against each other in a battle to be the most popular, to be “the prom queen.” In a way this is very true to adult women, they never competing to be the best or most popular “person,” they compete to be the best or the most popular “girl.” In the theater industry, we see women compete against each other for the lead roles, because in many plays and musicals there is a plethora of male characters unfortunately this is not the case for women; females are forced to fight for one lead role forcing them to become catty and gossipy....   [tags: Marriage, Wife, Husband, Spouse]

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The Girl And Girls By Alice Munro

- ... These differing opinions on the matter. Another family member, the main character’s grandmother payed the family a visit. She shared the same views about the girl’s behavior as the mother and was much more vocal about the subject. The author chose to include selected lines of dialog to show the grandmothers opinion such as her saying, “girls don’t slam doors like that” and “girls keep their knees together when they sit down” (Munro 149). The few lines in the short story that include the grandmother are completely about how she wants the girl to change her attitude and actions to be more like that of what she sees as a proper woman....   [tags: Family, Short story, Woman, Fiction]

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Teenage Girls and Body Image

- ... In a study done of female beauty icons, two time frames were studied, 1959-1978 and 1979-1988. In the research, the women who were portrayed as beautiful, and the icons in the media, were observed and over half of them had fit into the standards of having one of the eating disorders, anorexia nervosa (Vonderen & Kinnally, 2012). Mass media can have an adverse effect teenage girls by showing body types that are unrealistic as the normal and desirable type of body to have. Young women look to the mass media to see the societal norms for beauty, and what they see can influence the way that they view themselves....   [tags: media, socialization]

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Teenage Girls and Media

- ... They post black and white pictures with a quote of misunderstood turmoil. This is a community of people that want compassion and pity from others. Many of the pictures, videos, and gifs include the underlying theme of self- harm, depression, and self-loathing. Since teenagers feed off one another's obsessions, many teenage girls want to be a part of this dark yet beautiful community. This has become so serious that when you search up the tag "depression" on Tumblr there is a disclaimer that says “If you or someone you know is dealing with an eating disorder, self-harm issues, or suicidal thoughts, please visit our Counseling & Prevention Resources page for a list of services that may be...   [tags: online communication, sexualization, marketing]

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Remembering the Radium Girls

- In 1917 a young female right out of high school started working at a radium factory in Orange, New Jersey. The job was mixing water, glue and radium powder for the task of painting watch dials, aircraft switches, and instrument dials. The paint is newly inventive and cool so without hesitation she paints her nails and lips with her friends all the while not knowing that this paint that is making them radiant, is slowly killing them. This was the life of Grace Fryer. Today there are trepidations on the topic of radiation from fears of nuclear fallout, meltdowns, or acts of terrorism....   [tags: awareness to the dangers of radiation]

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