“Pink Think” wrote by Lynn Peril offers an assortment of brilliant evidences and facts, witty humor, and resilient opinions on sexism present from the 1940’s to the 1970’s, creating a comical, yet realistic view of the pink think era for readers. Peril presents a collection of examples of pink think or things which encourage women to groom themselves to be appropriately girly to fulfill their potential. For example, “a teen girl’s focus should be on dating and getting a boyfriend” (pg. 283). It is mesmerizing to read about the development of feminine modesty, which Peril illustrates throughout the essay with abundant factoids highlighted with bullets within the text of the essay.
Literary Analysis: “Barbie Doll” Today’s women hold themselves to unreachable and unreasonable standards of beauty. With media and social networking on the rise, the standard of beauty is skewed to what others portray it to be. Girls and women of all ages and diversity have self-esteem issues due to the “beauty myth”. Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth, defines it as an obsession with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of ‘the flawless beauty’.” In Marge Piercy’s poem “Barbie Doll”, the deadly effects of the beauty myth are revealed. It all begins with a young girl being born into the world of judgment.
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.
Fairy Tale Stereotypes in Anne Sexton’s “Cinderella”: Raggedly Ever After Anne Sexton’s parody on the age-old fairy tale “Cinderella” provides insight into the stereotypical characteristics that are ingrained into the minds of millions of children, characteristics that govern the perception and definition of both men and women. These fairy tales distort the way in which young children view the world, encouraging them to fit their lives into these storybook candy coatings. Girls make every painstaking effort to become either the dainty princesses longing for when their chivalrous princes will come or the obedient maids taking care of the household because these are the heroines’ roles just prior to reaching eternal happiness. In contrast, boys strive to become the “knights in shiny armor” who undertake a daunting quest to save the kingdom or the heroic gentlemen destined to be the kings of vast and wealthy realms. Sexton targets this concept of inequality--especially in the enormous gulf between female and male roles--to illustrate how fairy tales are far from “happily ever after.” In the introductory section of “Cinderella,” Sexton derisively conveys formulaic examples of “once upon a time” fairy-tale success stories.
She does this in order to show how the obsession that the girlchild has with her own body was one of the largest factors in the suicide. Another one of the stereotypes that Piercy draws upon is their behavior. Piercy describes how the girlchild was told to “play coy.” This describes the societal pressure of what is stereotypically “lady-like.” She was “advised” to act as other ladies would act, and she tried to the furthest extent she could manage. She attempted to act demure and sweet, which was the only thing society allowed for. The term
In both poems gender conflict is demonstrated between through the emotion of betrayal in a relationship. For example in Les Grands Seignurs she talks about “little woman” which could show the great depth of thought about how she feels towards men. The word “a toy, a plaything” suggests that’s once she got married she has became powerless and feels like she is a toy, this shows her betrayal as when you get married you expect the marriage to be fantastic and not to feel like a toy. In contrast, Medusa also demonstrates this when she says “wasn’t I beautiful?” this Is effective as I can infer that she feels insecure about her looks. It also suggests that she misses her past through the use of a rhetorical question which makes the reader feel sympathy for her.
“The Pumpkin Eater” By Alexi Kondylas The short story "The Pumpkin Eater" by Isabelle Carmody is a coming-of-age rite of passage and an allegory. Events in the narrative show quest conventions that are common throughout history. Like with; traditional gender roles are restrictive, beauty can cause unhappiness for women, and that love and marriage trap women. The quest short narrative have conventions that assist the exploration of ideas with the quest - the journey and prize. At the beginning of the story, the protagonist (princess) thought that having true happiness meant finding a man/prince to sweep her off of her feet/ to instantly fall in love , and take her away from her castle/home.
After an extensive analyzation of both characters it is evident that Wonder Woman uses her femininity and sexuality to her advantage and this can be seen through Marston's DISC theory, which states her to be a liberating character. Thus, wonder woman can be understood as using her gender as a power tool, seen through her costume and nurturing attitude, differentiating her from Betty Boop. When reading Wonder woman one can see how even though being dominant, she still carries and conforms to the ideal feminine attributes. Marston’s DISC theory showcases Wonder Woman as a liberating character. Marston in the 1920’s developed his DISC theory while he taught at American University and Tufts University.
When Connie’s mother would reprimand and tell her, “Stop gawking at yourself, who are you? You think you’re so pretty” (Oates 563). Connie would feel as if her mother was jealous of her. In Zlatan Krizan, and Omesh Johar’s article “Envy Divides the Two Faces of Narcissism.” The writers assert, “Envy has long been considered a central feature of narcissistic personalities” (1415). Connie was living a double life where she would act and dress differently around her family and the people she wanted to paint a good image for but when she was out with her friends and they’d go to the mall
Given these choices, the girls bring forth a sense of independency. In his article, Poniewozik declares that at the end of The Prince & Me, Paige secures both her dream job and her prince. This shows Hollywood’s subliminal manipulation to brainwash feminists by offering Hollywood princesses a chance to change their own destinies, but not completely throw out the pedestrian ‘girly’ details that make these films fairy-tales. As cited by Poniewozik in his article, “You can have the girly dream of glass slippers and true love… as well as the womanly ideal of self-determination and independence…”. Poniewozik then continues to explicate the fact that there are a new set of ideals Hollywood princesses must follow to please both fantasy and feminism.