Relational Discrimination In Mean Girls

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Movie Summary Mean Girls centers around Cady Heron, as she enters her junior year of high school. Cady has recently moved to Evanston, Illinois from rural Africa and is about to enter North Shore, a public high school, after being homeschooled for her entire educational career. Initially Cady is unfamiliar with the norms of the high school, but she soon learns how to navigate the social scene from Janis Ian and Damien, a duo of low social status. Soon after meeting Janis and Damien, Cady is noticed by and eventually recruited into the most well-known clique, the Plastics. The clique is made up of Regina George, Gretchen Weiners, and Karen Smith, all of whom have high social status, and from them Cady is taught even more about the social expectations at North Shore. When Janis realizes Cady’s position in the Plastics, …show more content…
In the movie, Regina George fits the characteristics associated with individuals who are considered controversial, or perceived popular, as shown in the example mentioned in the previous paragraph. Regina is also known by her peers and is both actively liked and disliked which are both indicators of perceived popularity. In one scene, students from a variety of popularity statues and groups offer their opinions of Regina even though most are not well they actually know her personally which is indicative of an individual with a controversial status. Regina’s status of being actively liked and disliked is clearly expressed in Damien’s comment in which he describes her as being fabulous and evil (Waters, 2004). Another indicator of Regina’s perceived popular status is that she is emulated by others. An example of this is when Janis attempts to embarrass Regina by cutting holes in Regina’s shirt that expose her bra, the next day many of the students actually copy the ‘style’ and arrive in shirts cut in the same

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