Tween City Critique

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Chelsee Zabriskie Professor John Lanning English 100 26 October 2011 Critique of Tweens: Ten Going on Sixteen In the essay “Tweens: Ten Going on Sixteen”, Kay Hymowitz opens with a description of her own experience with the transformation of her daughter from a child to a ‘tween’ too quickly. She unconvincingly uses examples such as music, media, clothing, violence, and influences from other children at school to help support her argument. Hymowitz first uses music to back up her opinion. She states that her daughter started listening to Le Ann Rimes and her CDs started mysteriously appearing. Le Ann Rimes is actually a parent preferred music artist compared to most of the other musicians children could listen to. She also uses Backstreet Boys as an example, referring to them as “threatening”. Backstreet Boys are a boy band aimed at making music for children and tweens, most would not think of the word “threatening” when asked about the famous boy band. She compares children in her day to the children of her daughter’s generation with the example of infatuations with Elvis and the Beatles. The comparison is unsuccessful because Elvis wasn’t the perception of “good”. When he was shown on television they could only show him from the waist up because of his inappropriate hip gyrating. She then moves on to the change of clothing, explaining that her daughter had started wearing tank tops and denim jean shorts when she began listening to the Back Street Boys and Le Ann Rimes. Though, she does not let us know what her daughter had worn beforehand and how tank tops and jean shorts are worse. Kay tells us how the tweens stop wearing clothes from Limited Too and Delia’s. They change from flowers, ruffles, and Mary Janes to shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue. This is partially the parent’s fault. If the mom wouldn’t buy the child clothes from upper class, high

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