"High School's Secret Life" & "Dude Looks Like A Lady"
Date: Apr 25th, 2007 10:32:29 pm - Subscribe
It’s a decent comparison: tribes to high school social cliques. It really reveals the raw human nature of our actions, even as adolescents. Not sure if I personally agree with White’s statement that, “the cafeteria is high school’s proving ground”, but then again, different “tribes have different types of “proving grounds”, and I went to a different type of high school where the parking lot was the proving ground. Once the need to fit in (which has a strong presence during the high school years) passes, I believe it is personal choice (that is heavily influenced by social pressure during the high school years) that leads us to our identity. I guess the problem would be how (or to what extreme) the parents allow the child to be exposed to a commercialized/corporate/”cliquish” society. So from there comes the question: Are our parents (and their parents, as well as their parents, etc..) to blame for our given identity? After all, it is their cultural and historical and genetical background which gives us our initial labels from birth and on into high school. Or: Is society to blame for involving us with their “cliques”? After all, it is society’s collaboration of a multitude of a variety of different identities which surround us with “pressure”.
I can remember back when I had long hair. It was long enough to commonly have others mistake me for the opposite sex. Those times usually ended up with a disappointed guy, who would then make me aware of my femininity (forgetting that he just hit on a guy). And living down South didn’t help with all the rednecks runnin’ round those parts jus lookin’ fur sum lawng-haired hippies to fight. There is not a doubt in my mind that we can assume gender identity based on hair. But can we allow for it to result in a negative situation due to a society being accustomed to men with short hair and women with long hair? Wilson stated that she cuts her hair for personal reasons. Then reconsidered it when confronted by a redneck. Is her action of not cutting her hair a method of identity assumption via social pressure?
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