Thursday, August 27, 2009

Take this pink ribbon off my eyes...

I'm exposed and it's no big suprise.

My name is Morganne Gelinas. I am a sister-girl. A lover girl. A daughter, friend, poet, pianist, painter. I’m the maniac girl, the true g girl, the girl next door. I’m the anxious girl, the obsessive girl, the insecure girl. The girl who is a feminist. I’m the girl who loves green leaves, who abandons life to read a book, practice the piano, write a poem. I am the girl drinking too much whiskey and making a fool of herself at a karaoke bar with her girlfriends. I’m the classy girl who loves coconut gelato, expensive cheese, red wine. I’m the serene girl who loves yoga, the energetic girl who loves dancing, raving, raging. At the same time I’m the tired girl who loves napping, writing, listening to music, taking baths, making lists. I am a girl who hopes to inspire, awaken, ignite, comfort, teach and entertain other girls through a combination of my artwork, music and writing.

In “Your Life as a Girl” I think Sittenfeld manages to effectively capture a specific type of girlhood. Of course due to her limited perspective, it would be impossible for her to effectively capture the essence of a universal girlhood. It’s obvious that although she writes the story in the second person, she isn’t actually trying to tell the story of the reader but rather that of Anna, the girl that the story is about. Perhaps a first or third person approach would have been more effective? I often found myself discouraged by her story. I could not at all relate to the feelings of wishing to be raped and thought that was quite sad.

I found the stories in Red to be slightly more uplifting. I particularly related to “Alone” because I also enjoy being alone and find myself in practically the exact same scenarios as Lindsay time and time again. One of my favorite things to do is, “completely test what it means to be unobserved.” (Red, 205).

It makes complete sense that “Apiarian Days” was in my opinion the most well-written out of the stories in Red. Because of this reason and others, I found Samantha Gillogly’s tale of obsessive spelling-bee study sessions to be extremely entertaining. On the other hand, like in “Your Life…” I found it less easy to relate to. (Probably because I’ve never studied that hard for anything in my life.)

“Pediatrics” was difficult for me to relate to in the same way but it was still very touching and I could relate to Jaclyn’s story on a different level (because my mother was similarly attacked and hospitalized when I was 15). Seeing how that experience affected my precious mother made me want to study and learn more about the hardships women face and how to overcome them.

1 comment:

Jess said...

I adored how you wrote about yourself!

I agree that I don't think Anna can be universally relate. I tried to find ways to get sittenfeld's story relate to me. Like fantasizing about how I look or how I felt about sex. The books you read, what you see in magazines or in music videos are all things that girls have to deal with. Yet Anna was still a depressed and confused young woman and some of the things she dealt with I never had to deal with myself.