Saplings in the Storm

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In the essay, “Saplings in the Storm” author Mary Pipher compares adolescent girls to saplings in a hurricane. “They are young and vulnerable trees that the winds blow with gale strength” (351). The hurricane she speaks of is society. Society has always treated men and women differently. Women and Men have consistently been held to different standards, especially in regards to sexuality. The winds of this societal hurricane are fueled by the sexual double standard. Starting in adolescence, boys and girls realize that the effect their sexual actions have on how they are viewed depending on their gender. Society perpetuates this double standard to the greatest extent through the media. Pipher argues that the wrath and destruction of the societal hurricane has always been focused on girls rather than boys, as girls experience the “short end of the stick” in terms of the sexual double standard. In the beginning of each school year at my high school, rumors would swirl about the new kid who just joined our class. Some of the rumors were positive and some of them were negative, but most of the rumors were about their sexual history. When the rumors were negative, it was always about a female student. I saw girls ridiculed and disrespected by our peers. Most of the boys in my grade would try to use her, hoping that they could get her into their bed, while the girls would despise her out of disgust, or in some cases, jealousy. Before we even knew her name, she was already referred to as “the slut.” But when the rumors were about a male student they were usually positive. Without even trying he already wins the respect of the guys and impresses the girls with his experience. He too gets a name and that is “the player.” It's a huge double standard. If you're a guy and you sleep with everyone you're automatically cool. If you're a girl and you sleep with everyone you're
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