Essay on The Road To True Sexuality

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The ways in which people express their sexual identity went through a revolution in the past 30-40 years. Sometime ago it was frowned upon if a young lady talked about sex or even aroused interest about the topic. Sheltered under her parent’s wings as a girl, Lorde was not given the opportunity to explore her sexuality. Her parents molded her in their image and did not allow them much choice or room for her own growth. Society does not allow it to be socially acceptable for a young person to be allowed to express themselves through clothes, music or lifestyle as it is today. First impressions are very important to young people and how they have come to shape their own identity. Addressing the historical transformation of individual…show more content…
Lorde being the youngest of two older sisters spent a lot of time with her mother. As a result, it allowed her to grow very close to her mother in an intimate way. Living under her mother’s control and following her every demand made Lorde a very sheltered and restrained child. She was deprived of the opportunity to go out and grow as an individual. Whenever she would try to break free from underneath her mother’s wings and venture off to do something on her own, her mother quickly pulled her back and brought her to her senses. Throughout her childhood, the only influence she had was from her mother. She did not have many friends growing up in New York and her older sisters did not even speak to her. Sheltered from social interaction, Lorde took on the characteristics of the only person she ever really grew to know, her mother. These characteristics helped form the basis for Lorde’s identity at such a vulnerable young age. For example, when Lorde speaks of running for class president to her mother, instead of supporting her, her mother replies “What the hell are you doing getting yourself involved with so much foolishness? What-the-france do you need with election? Don’t bother me with that nonsense. I don’t want to hear any more of it” (Lorde, 61). This is just one example of how Lorde’s mother controlled and dominated her every decision. By putting negative ideas in to her head, her mother was basically able to brainwash her in to
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