Stereotype of Girlhoood Pictures Over the Years

The theme of girlhood is mainly portrayed in the story “1854 Meet Kirsten: An American Girl”. This text shows that there is a stereotypical expectation of how girls should be perceived. This expectation, additionally, can be connected to modern world today, where women are portrayed to be perceived in certain ways that are the “norm”, such as how it was in the past. An example of this would be the Tide and Febreze commercial. 

   In the text, Kirsten is portrayed as how a typical girl should look and act during that time. She exemplifies the term girlhood perfectly.  Kirsten wears a perfect beautiful dress, has respectful manners, obeys her parents and constantly helps out around the house. This is a perfect portrait of how a girl should be perceived as during her time. When trying to compare this example to modern world today I see very similar aspects when portraying the idea of a stereotypical girl and a stereotypical girlhood. Thinking about my family now and modern day society today, my dad works and provides for my family while my mom is a stay at home mother, raising me and my two younger brothers, cooking dinner cleaning the house, etc. In modern world today a mom is expected to stay at home and be a house wife while the father is typically the person to work and provide for the family, and in my opinion I think that this is a very common picture in a lot of households today. For example, when looking at most recent and general laundry detergent commercials that are shown on television today, one typically sees a mother performing laundry duty for her kids while recommending the detergent to others. For example, in the Tide and Febreze TV commercial, it shows a mom washing the stuffed animals of her two little girls, while explaining that she typically uses tide as her go to detergent for washing their clothes. This commercial would then be used to grab the attention of their specific target market, mothers, who typically are the ones to help around the house and wash their kids laundry, therefore, go out and purchase this product. Additionally, this commercial shows that there really hasn’t been a vast difference when it comes to thinking about the idea of girlhood from the past to modern day today, and to sum it up, it can be seen in both literature (“1854 Meet Kirsten: An American Girl” and present life today (Tide and Febreze). 

3 thoughts on “Stereotype of Girlhoood Pictures Over the Years”

  1. I agree with you. I think that society still paints the mother as the caretaker of the house and the father as the breadwinner, and this is especially seen in media and the American Girl Doll Kirsten books. You bring up an interesting point that your family followed this pattern. Growing up, both my parents worked and had relatively equal positions. I was always frustrated with my mom when she wasn’t able to pick me up after school like other kids’ moms could, but as I’m older I have realized that I wouldn’t give up my mom working ever. While I think that the depiction of women in American society has changed for the better, there is still a long way to go.

  2. You present a different perspective on the roles of girlhood than many others, however, you have a very good point. Some may say that the views for young girls are evolving and becoming more accepting. Looking at the larger picture, the gender roles are still very similar as they used to be – women do more domestic work and men provide for the family.

  3. I agree with the point about how gender roles have not really changed through time as we still depict a women doing housework as shown in the tide commercial and I believe that this will continue to be true as young girls are growing up watching these commercials and thinking that that will also be them in the future. However, I think society has done a very good job of evolving from women just in housework as now they are taking more of stance in the workplace and politics despite just televise commercials showing them otherwise.

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