By Sharon R. Mazzarella, Norma Odom Pecora
In modern-day society, an increasing number of mass media and well known tradition is being produced for, approximately, and through pre-adolescent and adolescent women than ever earlier than. The reason of this publication is to assist us higher comprehend the complicated dating among ladies and their tradition. educated via a wide diversity of theoretical views and applying a number of methodologies, the essays during this assortment deal with the ways in which mainstream tradition "instructs" ladies on the right way to turn into a woman-the ways that the tradition approves of "growing up girls." particularly, those essays learn the messages mainstream tradition provides ladies approximately romance, sexuality, existence reviews, physique photo, gender and tradition identification, and how ladies themselves negotiate those messages.
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In these books the adolescent heroines learn to feel more confident about their bodies and their sexuality and to understand and assert their rights as young women. By providing information about female sexual development, sexual expression and, rarely, sexual orientation, these authors offered their adolescent readers a language with which to articulate a new sexual identity. Messages about Girls’ Biological Rights The young adult books analyzed in this section share many of the same conceptions about the importance of female body awareness and education: girls have the right to demystify their bodies, to learn about their anatomy, to choose to use birth control, and to choose to have an abortion.
The male-coming-of-age novel usually traces a physical journey during which the male protagonist sets out to find himself and his calling in life. He is usually successful in his endeavors. The female protagonists are in a state of confusion and entrenched in a complicated process of self-awareness that is not yet resolved by the end of the novel. This dramatic change in popular writing for women and girls eschewed the closure so common to the male-coming-of-age genre and emphasized a psychic journey instead of a physical one.
Benedict’s eyes almost popped out of his head. Freddy the Lobster noticed too. ’ . . Very funny, I thought. I wore sweaters every day . . Even if I stuffed my bra with socks I still wouldn’t look like Laura Danker. I wondered if it was true that she went behind the A&P with Evan and Moose. ” (62). The association with Laura’s body and a mythic “advanced sexuality” reveals that her body has become contested terrain for the girls over their own apprehension about their developing bodies and subsequent sexual responsibilities.
Growing Up Girls: Popular Culture and the Construction of Identity by Sharon R. Mazzarella, Norma Odom Pecora