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    In the film Girlhood by Liz Garbus we are introduced to two young girl’s named Megan and Shanae, who committed a crime and are getting help through a facility that helps young girls reflect on their actions. Both Megan and Shanae share similar viewpoints for example, they mention that their role model is their mother. They also added that daughters need to be with their mothers. Both girls are following the development of gender roles which states that socialization leads girls to identify with traditional

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    In her memoir, Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood, Jennifer Traig delves into the origins, story, and journey through dealing with her multifaceted disorder known as Scrupulosity. Scrupulosity is a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD that takes its main fixation on religion, in Traig’s case, Judaism. Much like most any form of OCD, Scrupulosity fixates on very minute details of life, though in this case, Jennifer Traig takes the words of the Torah with a dogmatic like

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    kids. Most of the kids that's forced into foster care at a young age are basically apart of the juvenile system and will be a step behind the other kids for as education and etc. Two of the main characters that was presented in the documentary “Girlhood” were Shanae who was arrested for murder at the age of 12, after stabbing a friend to death. Megan (16) who also committed a violent crime her mother was a drug-addled prostitute megan mother was in and out jail so megan mother wasn't really around

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    I think it upset me even more than it did in Girlhood and Adolescence class. Rereading this made a lot more things stand out that I kind of over looked. Looking at how many different programs there were pissed me off. Teaching young girls that sex is dirty and using the type of methods and or visual

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    Girlhood Movie Analysis

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    Assignment #2 In class we viewed documentary titled Girlhood, the film surrounded two teenage girls named Megan and Shanae. Both of the girls have been in the system for years, Megan has been in and out of juvenile detention centers and foster homes for years and is incarcerated this time for attacking one of the other youth at her foster home with a box cutter. Shanae was incarcerated at the tender age of 11 for stabbing a “friend” to death during a fight. The film focuses on getting to know the

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    Girlhood Movie Review Life displays many petrifying inevitable circumstances to things that humanity must live by. A main significant theme in Girlhood is coming of age, and I believe that growing up is one of those petrifying inevitable issues that life leaves us to face by ourselves. Marieme, the protagonist played by Karidja Touré, eventually finds herself going through several difficulties in a rough environment. Unconfident about her choices in life, Marieme struggles constantly until she discovers

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    A new and alarming trend that has been occurring in American society is the increase of violence committed by young women. The documentary Girlhood offers an insight on the emotional, psychological, and social reasoning behind the girl’s actions. Girlhood focuses on the life of two young juveniles, Shanae Owens and Megan Jensen both incarcerated for violent crimes. Shanae and Megan both experienced similar circumstances that yielded different outcomes. They were followed for a period of about three

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    Girlhood. While one may consider this as a unification of girl power as Beyoncé so eloquently sings in her music, Celine Sciamma’s film Girlhood actually exposes the reality of being a black female in a white society. Girlhood or Bande de Filles, is a coming of age French migrant cinema film. The film follows Marieme, a low class teenager from the projects of Paris, who must navigate through life after she’s been denied to further her education and finds commonality and acceptance in a trio of free-spirited

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    I chose to analyze Fanny Kemble’s “Record of a Girlhood” which describes the young actress’ first ride on a steam engine with engineer George Stephenson. The language is rich with imagery as Kemble uses personification to compare the steam engine to a horse. In the beginning Kemble writes …”they make these curious little fire-horses all mares” (1092). We see these qualities throughout the passage. The barrel contains enough water to “prevent her being thirsty…” (1092). The railway is a living creature

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    Eroticism is also created from the sexualization of girlhood, leading to the desires of older men (Kehily, 2012). The most notorious example of girlhood eroticism is the creation of the Lolita. The concept of the Lolita was created by author Vladimir Nabokov in his novel Lolita, a story about an older man whose obsession of a 12 year-old girls causes him to fantasize, lust, and eventually “groom” her into having an affair. This aided in the development of eroticism where girls can “appear simultaneously

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    I decided to write my final paper on Koren Zailckas Smashed: A Story of a Drunken Girlhood. A memoir based on a young 14 year old girl who drinks for the first time with her friend Natalie before a birthday party. Her experiences with alcohol doesn’t stop there. We learn that she gets her stomach pumped at age 16, and at age 22, wakes up in an apartment in New York City unsure of where she is, because of alcohol. After this, she realizes that she has a problem and that she needs help. I chose this

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    post Jim Crow era Chicago by black Americans. African American feminist bell hooks’ memoir “Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood” also uses symbolism to cover the topic of segregation. Her memoir uses brief passages to highlight certain memories and dreams of hers. For this essay, I will use “A Raisin in the Sun” for the topic of residential segregation, and “Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood” for hooks’ insight on education segregation. Both authors were part of the Black Arts Movement which is the artistic

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    In Memories of a Catholic Girlhood, why do Mary McCarthy’s memories lack appropriate emotion? Mary has had so many bad things happen in her early life, yet she tells her stories of loss and abuse so casually. “Poor Roy’s children, as commiseration damply styled us, could not afford illusions in the family opinion. Our father had put us beyond the pale by dying suddenly of the influenza and taking our young mother with him, a defection that was remarked on with horror and grief commingled, as though

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    No Name Woman In the book, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, by Maxine Hong Kingston, her experiences of being marginalized in society (even though she was born in the United States) contributed to the substance, behind her quest in working towards understanding her own identity. By writing the No Name Woman is the first step on that long road of Kingston and on her way reveals the cultural conflicts that have affected her life and believes (Kingston 3). The story

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    Mary Kehily (2008) acclaimed article, ‘Taking Centre Stage; Girlhood and the Contradictions of Femininity across Three Generations’ explores the manner in which societies conceptualization of femininity is largely contextually dependent. Through the tri-generational study of three women in the same family, Kehily (2008) provided readers with commentary on the three waves of feminism that consequently shape each generations sense of girlhood respectively. The narrative follows the shift from women as

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    Question 1: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas takes after Zailckas from her first drink as a fourteen year old to her last, not more than 10 years after the fact. The piece serves as a story for young adult carefully readrs, especially young ladies. While Zailckas claims that she is not a (person with a strong desire to drink alcohol), that she simply (treated or used as a part of a very mean, out of line route) liquor for more than ten years, the carefully readrs are tested to settle

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    Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood is Koren Zailckas' account of life as an alcoholic. It traces her life from her first drink, when she was fourteen, to her last, at twenty-two; Smashed chronicles Zailckas' struggle with alcohol abuse, in an effort to explain the binge drinking phenomenon that plagues America's youth. When Koren was fourteen her friend Natalie found a bottle of Whiskey at Natalie's parents' cabin. This would be her first experience, of

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    In June 2015, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) made history by winning the gold medal at the Women’s World Cup. Not only was this a big accomplishment for American sports, as it was the team’s first championship win in 16 years, but the win was also a benchmark for female athletes in professional sports as it showed the potential of these athletes, but also showed many of the obstacles that are currently in their way. Despite having overcome milestones throughout the years in

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    In Maxine Kingston’s memoir The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts--especially shown in the section “No Name Woman”, she describes the way her family has treated and expects her to treat her unknown, dead aunt and how this all correlates with herself as an individual. Kingston realizes the rift between the gender roles within the Chinese tradition and struggles to form her own opinion concerning this forgotten, dead family member and herself. Through the telling of her aunt’s complex

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    The Woman Warrior Summary and Response In the memoir The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, written by Maxine Hong Kingston, the author addresses autobiographically the difficulty of combining two cultures. Kingston opens the book with the chapter No Name Woman, a recount of a story her mother told her when she was a child about an aunt she once had who killed herself. Kingston delves into the story of her unnamed aunt explaining the events in intricate detail. Her aunt, whose husband

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