We, as a society, have tactlessly created a generation whose appearances are at the forefront of females’ young existence, by demonstrating that it is appropriate to do so. Fashion influences young girls’ attitude towards their sexuality, inherently diminishes their self-confidence and perception of self, and alters their morals and values. The way one dresses as a young girl is directly related to their attitudes, thoughts, and feelings towards their femininity and sexuality. Appropriate dress codes are becoming ambiguous, and the wrong messages are being sent to young minds. Girls are “adopting external cues of womanhood” before they even hit puberty, through the marketing of beauty products and mature clothing.
In the poem, the speaker states the girlchild has “wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy” (4), showing that she already wants to alter her appearance. As children grow into young adults, they become aware of outside judgments; as the girlchild was made aware in the poem. “Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:/ You have a great big nose and fat legs” (5-6). Girls are pressured into looking the way media portrays beauty. Unfortunately, outward appearances take on a more important role than other characteristics to teenage girls.
All over the world, girls often go through a "princess phase", made up with anything pink and pretty. When it happened to Peggy Orenstein's daughter, the writer decided to examine the phenomenon. She found that the “girlie-girl” culture was less innocent than it might seem, and can have negative consequences for girls' psychological, social and physical development. From a very young age, girls learn to define themselves from the outside in, and a lot of researches suggest that our culture’s emphasis on physical beauty is the root of problems such as negative body image, depression, eating disorders and high-risk sexual behavior. I strongly agree with the Peggy Orenstein’s article.
Which impacts their sense of self. For example one of the girls has something that the other wants such as breasts. For two girls who were so close to suddenly stop being friends is surprising but not when you think of the jealousies between them. In the short story “Jinx” Aimee Bender focuses on two young girls, Tina and Cathy, who are inseparable. The way both of these girls are entering adult hood and becoming of age is that they both realize they are growing up and their bodies are changing for example, when “they were both wearing the hot new pants and both had great butts, discovered on their bodies, a gift from the god of time, boom a butt.
Barbie-Q The story, which was chosen to explain theme, was written by Sandra Cisneros. The main purpose of Barbie-Q is trying to expose the evils that young girls experience by playing with an immensely popular toy, the Barbie doll. The doll, which was once viewed as being an iconic positive figure, proves to be the contrary in this story. It shows the obsessive nature of two girls hunt to have and act like an image created by these fictitious plastic dolls. The theme of the story is to show how Barbie dolls are negatively influencing young girls and the drastic change they had on young girl’s observations of relationships, self-image, and childhood innocence.
Also, the issue of celebrity endorsers is part of a potential aspirational group. Consumers may aspire to be like such celebrities. I believe that marketers should defiantly have boundaries for the younger girls because some of the merchandise is inappropriate
Modeling along with social media give girls the impression that they have to fit this idealized image to look thin and be beautiful, dress up nicely, and wear makeup or they will not be happy with themselves. The pressure to look a certain way has psychological effects on young girls. Changing the way they dress or eat changes and influences their identity. Unfortunately, womanizing photographers exist in the modeling industry; young girls are scared to speak up if their uncomfortable with how everything is going. No matter what their age may be,
INTRODUCTION; Teenage motherhood refers to the phenomenon were young women aged between 15-19 years give birth and participate in the raising of their children. Teenage motherhood is however projected by the number of teenage birthrates ( ). Teenage motherhood is the result of teenage pregnancy. It therefore follows that factors that favor the prevalence of teenage pregnancy will increase the incidence of teenage motherhood. Teenage pregnancy is however, as a result of an interplay of complex social and economic issues such as a low level education, poverty, broken homes, ignorance about consequences of sexual activity, curiosity about sex while a few are unfortunately victims
Beauty pageants are exploitive; they have kids that prance around in skimpy outfits. These girls in pageants really don’t want to do pageants but there parents force them to do pageants. People may say that beauty pageants aren’t always about looks. The contestants are scored on beauty, personality, evening wear, athletic wear and over all perception of the contestant. Beauty contestant ages range from 2 years old to 60 years old.
In today’s society, women are constantly influenced by commercial ads, movies, and magazines. They pressure us into being up to date with many cosmetic products to alter or enhance our appearance. As children, little girls are told that playing dress up and performing makeovers are acceptable. To the same extent, teenage girls are used to the idea of wearing makeup to homecomings, proms, or other special functions. Transitioning into an adult, women develop a habit of wearing cosmetics on a day to day basis.