The Pressure 's On Society

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The Pressure’s On
As we grow older, the media and the world around us subliminally influence our daily lives, personalities, and feelings of self worth. What we do, what we eat, who we associate ourselves with, how we look; these are all influenced and criticized by society. Women in our society seem to face more of these influences and criticisms. The media attacks how women act, live, and see themselves. Aaron H. Devor explains the differences between masculinity and femininity as well as describes how women are portrayed in our society. In a prose poem to her daughter, Jamaica Kincaid lists how her daughter should go about her life with instructions on how to walk, greet, and act as a young girl. Both authors give attention to how this society views and treats its women. As said in the web article, Women in American Media: A Culture of Misperception, women are essentially expected to be fragile and small, and to reach nearly unattainable aesthetic goals to please men and society. Understanding these three articles leads to the understanding that social stereotypes require women to be kind and loving, ladylike and feeble, and appealing to men.
The readings of Kincaid and Devor share three similarities, but express them in different ways. Firstly, Kincaid teaches her daughter to be kind to others by telling her “this is how you smile to someone you don’t like too much; … this is how you smile to someone you don’t like at all; this is how you smile to someone you like
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