Argumentative Essay: Growing Up As A Young Girl

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Have you ever asked a little girl what she wants to be when she grows up? The usual response is no different from her male counterparts. As young children they don’t pay much mind to gender roles. Girls and boys are equally likely to have confidence in their athletic and leadership skills. As girls grow up they grow more and more doubtful and discouraged from those things. Women are originally not so insecure and we have our own ideas of what we want in life. What is to blame for this sudden change in the once carefree and ambitious young women we remember seeing and maybe even growing up as? I remember growing up as a young girl I thought I could be anything. That no matter who you were it was hard work, achievements, and your treatment …show more content…
Although they are still on a much smaller scale identified by their interests or talents, who they are can be put into two major groups. The first are pretty girls who get attention from males which seemingly puts them on a pedestal. Second are the “other girls” who are constantly comparing themselves to the “pretty girls” because they are seen as having more worth. A huge contributor to this idolization of a woman’s looks and it being most important are how the media represents us all. “Women have two choices witch or sexy kitten.” (Miss Representation) No matter how hard a woman works her looks will always be seen as a prime factor in who she is as a person, whereas for men it is the opposite. This affects all women negatively in an equal way. Although it seems like the attractive women would have the upper hand they are often dehumanized and seen as a mere sex object no matter their …show more content…
A woman is expected to make a career sacrifice when concerning children more often than a man is. If a woman is unable to have children she is degraded and if she chooses not to have children she has pressure put on her by society. Men can go through their whole lives without children and no one would question who they are as a person. If a woman works while raising a child she is constantly judged for “neglecting” her child. A man can do the same and he isn’t ever called a bad father or

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