The hardships in being a young woman in today’s society.
by Ccorc2 on February 17, 2014 - 7:08pm
In her article, Laurie Penny (2013) speaks out about the recent magazine headlines: Miley Cyrus’ performance at the Video Music Awards. Penny questions the torment that Cyrus had recently been subject too, namely a letter written by Sinead O’Conner to Cyrus. Penny continues to state that many young women are faced with the same problem, whether to conform to societal norms and be a “good girl” as Miley Cyrus portrayed in “Hannah Montana” or whether to be able to use their bodies as a powerful weapon in their lives. She questions why we should be allowed to be seen in a certain way, and that is considered good, even something that is sought after, but if we act on these feelings and “objectify” ourselves we are seen as sluts, or like ideas. (Penny, 2013)
I think this article is most interesting because of the final point I stated above. Not simply why we are seen this way, but why Penny believes we have people in our lives, even parents, who teach us to be this way, to teach us to be the perfect, proper young ladies as seen in movies, the “All-American” girl (2013). With society changing constantly, adapting to new ideas or norms each day, why should we be expected to still look like Disney princesses, who don’t make mistakes and especially don’t make body modifications, like piercing or tattoos. Why do we grow up with people we care about trying to mold us into these young ladies, rather than let us be who we truly are, and want to be? The second point that I think is something to ponder is when Penny is speaking of her own accounts of her younger years, being a stripper, and she says that she still has more scars than regrets. Do the things that we have done in the past that people think would make us bad people necessarily do as they say? Why can we not do what we want to do now, as young women, and learn from the experience, regardless of how society perceives the event? I believe that we should be able to do as we please, and that these choices all make us grow as people, they make us better people by learning of them. These choices that we make are what make us seem brave in the world, because we were unafraid to do what we had to, or because we didn’t care what others around us think. I believe that this should be the new normal in young women, being brave and confident over being lady-like or “all-American”.
Penny,L, (2013, October 11). Take it from someone who has danced half-naked on stage: slut-shaming is never all right. New Statesman. Vol. 142 Issue 5179, p21-21.