Tangle of Discourses: Girls Negotiating Adolescence
When I read this article, almost every topic reminded me of growing up in high school and what it was like to be a teenager. (Reflection after quotes)
"Adolescence is discursively framed as a stage that seems to require a degree of self-reflection, it also marginalized (in terms of voice and self-reflection) and often laced with current, popular concern about adolescents as dangerous, ungoverned and in need of control" (pg430).
- I have to disagree with the fact that there is popular concern about adolescents as dangerous, ungoverned and in need of control. I do not think people give teenagers enough credit. I know when I was a growing up as soon as I turned sixteen I found a job on my own. not all teenagers are the same. In most cases teenagers and all children are a reflection of their parents. So if people believe teenagers need control, then that is a reflection of how their parents raised them.
"In contrast to their parents, teenagers' [coast] through their teenage years smoothly and with little self-consciousness'" (432).
- Once again, I cannot agree with this. When I think back to my high school years. Senior year was awful, girls were ruthless with one another. People would talk behind my back and be two faced to me, it was definitely not smooth for me. Being a teen is not easy your between Adolescent and adulthood, and have to find where to fit in between. To say that teenagers are not self-conscious, would be a lie. My mom has always referred to it as an awkward stage, and I would agree. Everything about you changes, most of which one cannot help and it definitely would make them self-conscious.
"If teenage hood is a time of experiment, then they may do so by buying new experiences and products. Self-expression and identifications are intricately expressed through certain types of fashion" (347).
- This is one thing I will agree to. I remember back in middle school, I was so busy with school and dance, I really did not hang out with people much. I was a bit goth, not because I was dark spirited or anything, I just like the fashion how things looked. When I would go to the mall with friends, I would never shop in Abercrombie or Hollister. To this day, I still have my own style, I love Savers, and going to Target and finding something I know others probably would not wear. I feel that self expression is carried through out your entire life and not just when you are a teenager.
-Other thoughts; What I got from this article, is that people have a misunderstanding about teens, everyone is an individual and no one is the same. You also have to look at other dynamics. Such as their life style growing up, what type of parents do they have, and what type of community do they live in. You cannot generalize and say ALL teens are dangerous and need control, and you also cannot say ALL teens have a smooth life with no troubles.