"Prom Night: Youth, Schools, and Popular Culture" by Amy L. Best

2096 Words Apr 7th, 2004 9 Pages
Whether it was a wonderful experience or a terrible one, if you went to your high school senior prom, I am sure that it was a night to remember. For so many teenagers the prom is the highlight of high school. It is the one thing so many students look forward to. Many see it as a rite of passage into adulthood. For Amy L. Best, the author of "Prom Night: Youth, Schools, and Popular Culture", the prom is a perfect opportunity to explore teen identity and individuality. It is also a place to look at how this event speaks so much about today's kids.

Proms today have changed; they are much more upscale events. They no longer are held in school gymnasiums, but rather in luxury hotels, fancy catering halls, or high class country/beach clubs.
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Best explains that girls work to set themselves apart from everyone else is "such a significant aspect of feminine consumption."

Although the dress is usually the most important part, there is a lot of fashionable preparation for the prom. Girls search high and low for the ideal shoes and jewelry that will complete their dresses. The close days reaching the prom is when things begin to get a little hectic. They will get their nails manicured, their toes pedicured, their hair done, and their makeup applied. My own experience getting ready for prom was similar. I went tanning for the two weeks before prom, my nails and toes done the day before, and I remember rushing around the day of to get my hair and makeup done.

Girls seem to spend a lot of time on them selves preparing for the prom, but most of them do not forget about their dates. Many girls also find it very important that their dates match up with what they wear. It is very common to see boys wearing handkerchiefs, cummerbunds, and bowties matched with the color of their date's dress.

Romance is sure to play a large and significant role in prom night. Since they were young girls, many prom goers dream about spending that magical night with the man of their dreams. Many girls will decide not to attend the prom if they do not have the right person to go with, whereas some will just bring a friend or just go on their own. Finding a date for the prom sometimes serves as enormous torment for young women. It is
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