Pressure of Conformity

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The Pressure of Conformity

Throughout history, society's conception of women and their attributed behavior has changed quite frequently. Popular culture enforces idealistic views, pressuring girls to conform into stereotyped portrayals of the female gender. Seduced by these commonly approved ideals of beauty, many adolescents struggle to fit in with the "cool crowd". Mentally tormented by loss or confusion of personal identity, female teenagers strongly desire the feeling of belonging to a certain group of friends. This usually harmless concept of peer pressure can lead to a teenagers demise, by ultimately including hazardous actions, such as drug and alcohol misuse, teen sex, and even criminal conduct. This dangerous clash of adolescent inexperience and youthful yearning for adventure and danger is portrayed in the two teen movie "Thirteen" and "Mean Girls". Cady and Tracy, the protagonists from these socially critiquing movies, both deteriorate to the prevalent teen royalties, hence destroying relationships with true friends and family.

Thirteen year old Tracy is an exceptional student, gets along with her family and has never been in any sort of trouble before. Although living a fulfilled life, the young girl desires to be friends with Evie, one of the cool girls at school. The urge to fit in and to experience the exhilarating lifestyle Evie seems to lead, Tracy blindly follows and familiarizes with boys, alcohol and even drugs. All these attractions and new ambivalent impressions force Tracy to neglect her true self. In order to be accepted as cool, the confused adolescent starts stealing, gets piercings and steadily slips into a world previously unknown to her. Seemingly content at first, Tracy quickly loses touch to reality and suffers under her own demise, with only her mother as support. Critics describe this movie as:…...

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