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).