The Popular Girl And Making Aim Of Popularity

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I noticed that two of the articles were opposing in the argument of the façade that popularity gives people. The character traits listed in “The Popular Girl” gave the archetype a mythical well rounded sense of being. She is cool and affluent in any social context with “fine sympathy and wide understanding” (“The Popular Girl”) for anyone that crosses path with her. The girl can blend with others, but still keep a unique sparkle about her. I believe that although that is most desirable, it is not very realistic. Humans are awkward and clumsy. We can try to please everyone with our personality, but inevitably we will come across someone who does not like us. The article “Making Aim of Popularity is Disillusioning” by Doris Blake points out the…show more content…
The women’s social woes all rested on how they came across to males. Murdock gives the women instruction to approach their personality in a way that would become more likeable by men’s standards and their “harsh judgement” (Murdock). Although I do believe that women should “treat men as humans” and be “tactful” (Murdock), I do not believe that they should decide to change for the sake purely being to get married. This article comes from 1911 and that societal context makes the remarks given more understanding. In “Must I Pet to be Popular” the writer struggles with something I think girls of today are still at crossroads with. The idea of having to sacrifice moral convictions in order to gain popularity from scratch. To make worse grades, go farther with guys, all in the name of popularity. This is a very common thought in modern culture still, although I feel as though the recent swell of the feminist movement has educated some that they really do not owe a guy anything and should not give a man her power for the sake of not being “a prude” (“Must I Pet to be
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