Saturday, August 30, 2008

emodying girlhood

As much as I hate to admit it, this image does accurately represent the current state of girlhood in America.  I would love to point our browsers to an image of a girl with cut off jeans, scrapes on her knees, no make-up and a loose pony tail seconds away from unraveling into a mess of free flowing hair.  Instead, the image presented here, of a made up girl, torn between who she should be and being allowed to discover who she might be, seems most fitting for our generation of girls blossoming into womanhood.  The image above embodies girlhood in that it displays the confusion and uncertainty that accompanies the often happier times of growing up.  Trying to reconcile who you want to be with who everyone else wants you to be can throw any girl into emotional discord as she negotiates her own identity.  The girl in the image reads as depressed and uncertain, definetly confused about what is expected of her.  She seems like she's trying to identify both herself and social expectations that are suppressing her own individual girlhood.  Her eyes avoid the camera, looking away from confronting the issues at hand.  Wearing make-up she shouldn't have to, but feels she has to, the girl in the image represents a little bit of all girls who have faced the challenges of social standards and the universal perception of what a "girl" should be.

Monday, August 25, 2008

What is "girlhood"?

Discuss the above image? How does this image embody “girlhood”? Or does it? How do you interpret her body position and expression? Can you point to an image that more accurately represents “girlhood”?

Welcome to Your Girls Studies Blog!!

This is your blog. You should post at least one entry every other week relating to the issues, texts, films, and discussions from our Girls Studies class. You are only required to post on "off" weeks (weeks we do not meet face-to-face) but are welcome to post more frequently, if you'd like. You should include one 400-word minimum blog post each web week addressing the assigned texts/issues for that week. You should also comment on at least one other person's blog post each web week. Blog entries may include commentary, links to relevant sites or resources, film clips, book or film reviews, information about current events, or other entries that might be interesting to classmates and those outside of class, including Girls Studies scholars and girls and young women. This is your space, but is also a public space, so be thoughtful about what you post. Your blog posts should be free of spelling and grammar errors and should be professional (and fun too!). We will talk more about our blog requirements in class, but be prepared for others from outside our class to potentially join our discussions. Looking forward to a fun and challenging semester. :)

Resources (the following should provide more insight into girls’ relationship with blogging and provide examples of girl-produced or girl-focused blogs):

“Dear Blog: Teenage Girls Blogging”

focuses on the rising number of teenage girls who blog

Girls Write Blog

GWN provides at-risk New York City high school girls with emerging writing talent an opportunity to be custom-matched with a professional woman writer who serves as her personal mentor and writing coach, meeting with her weekly for the duration of an entire school year, and for up to four years. Read some of their blog posts and learn about this cool program.

In Her City

Blog moderated by Girls for a Change ( A place for girls and women to share, connect, and converse about social change and the inner city.