Girls Like Us Essay

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Girls Like Us The Girls Like Us Documentary shows four girls all with different families, different religious beliefs and ethnic backgrounds. During the movie the interviewer asks them about their goals and lives when they are around ages 14-17. They movie starts when they are around 14 and every year they check back in for four years to show the changes in personality as well as in their beliefs and goals. The cast De'Yonna Moore is African-American with strong goals who lives with her Grandma, Lisa Bronca is a Caucasion Catholic who attends an all-girl catholic school, Anna Chau is Vietnames with very strict parents and good beliefs, and Raelene Cox is a young white girl who comes from a broken home with a not so involved mother. I think that the main point of the movie Girls Like Us was to show examples of how different lifestyles could have an impact on young girls growing up today. The documentary did a great job showing the girls at different important stages in their lives mainly going through high school so we got to see how strong their goals were at the beginning, and how they changed with time and maturity. It showed how family history and ethnic diversity has an important role in the lives of young girls. It was a good way to show how lifestyles in general impacted each of these girls’ futures in so many ways. In this movie Elements of structural functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic internationalism were definitely present. For example, each of these girls were from the same society, but all their religious and ethical backgrounds varied. Depending on their history and family each girl had a different view on topics like premarital sex or college goals. I feel that because Raelene's mom didn't care much about Raelene or how well she did in school, neither did Raelene. This probably led her to the path of dropping out of school and teen

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