You die at 15.
Mary Pipher, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. Please scroll down to read….
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Girls are making choices that will preserve their true selves — or instill false selves. (They) become ‘female impersonators’ who fit their whole selves into small, crowded spaces. Vibrant, confident girls become shy, doubting young women. They become what the culture asks of its women, which is that they be thin and nonthreatening. Period.
(more from the book)
Creating this image, proved to be a confirmation of its theme! We say our culture nurtures children, but I don’t think it’s true. Look up “girl” on an art-site, and you’ll find few children there – mostly “hotties” in their teens. The exceptions? Vintage images, circa 1922. It was okay to be a child then, I guess – but not anymore?
Look up “women.” Again, another bevy of your Basic Barbie Dolls. Even “mothers and children” nets the same result. I finally found some “normal looking” girls (for lack of a better term) — under Mad Scientist! What was the message, there? Only “crazy girls” would take up science? (Come to think of it, that’s what I was told in school myself!)
I found the cellist under “sitting” – a bit obscure – and the gal with the beer was in the “drinking” group.
No wonder everyone’s confused! Once upon a time, the Message was, “Find and Keep A Husband. That’s your job.” Now it’s more like, “You can be anything you want! *Just be thin and sexy while you’re doing it!”* Tall order, though; success requires focus. If you’re focused on your body-size, your looks, your hair, your Image — how far r’ ya gonna get in Theoretical Cosmology (or anything else??)It’s one thing to say, “It’s *okay*to be sexy and comfortable about your body” (after all, we’ve gone from an era where a “Lady” didn’t even show her ankles, just about a hundred years ago!) – but another thing to say, “You *must!”* Freedom should be freedom to be — yourself!
Beer-drinking girl – from WolfcatStock
Cellist – Cello 6 from Attemptestock
Would be scientist (far left) – Mad Scientist 14 by Deathrockstock
Girl whose image in the mirror says, “You’re Fatter than an Elephant!” — Goth 28 from LisaJen (face isn’t really hers)
Model in the window 1 (far right) – Female Stock 8 from Katanaz
Model in the window 2 – Female Stock 33 from Katanaz
Girl behind the would-be scientist (left) – Female Stock 117 from Katanaz
Little girl fascinated by the sexy mannequin – Child Stock 56 by MissyStock
The Mall – Shopping Center Stock by Chiron178
Screaming Woman (all of us!) – Goth Stock 9 by SamiSox