Sad, but True

June 27, 2010 § 2 Comments

What teens have to work with, then, are two wildly divergent messages… If you process this information through the average adolescent mental computer, you end up with a printout that reads something like this: Girls have to be hot. Girls who aren’t hot probably need breast implants. Once a girl is hot, she should be as close to naked as possible all the time. Guys should like it. Don’t have sex.

Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy (a book I’m currently reading that I hope to review soon – unofficially)

§ 2 Responses to Sad, but True

  • Miriam says:

    Ha. Sounds like our world, all right…

  • Oh My God, yes! This is EXACTLY how the printout reads. Thank you!

    Oh, but you forgot the part where it’s the girl’s job to be abstinent and dress like a nun and have self-control, because men are “visual creatures” who “just can’t help themselves.” Boys will be boys.

    I also got the message a lot growing up…it wasn’t “don’t have sex.” It was more along the lines of “you are a teenager so you can’t possibly resist sex if you’re ever given the opportunity to have it, so just don’t ever be alone with someone of the opposite sex.”

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