Cristina’s mission statement is NO MORE TEENAGE SUICIDE, therefore the evening will be an extension of her essay.
She will highlight the keys points in history which have led women to where we are today, and also elaborate on how women have become the controlling force behind women’s sexuality.
As a group we will explore the language we have used and heard to insult other women. We will reflect on how this language permeates around a household, which teaches young girls what is supposedly acceptable or not, as they attempt to navigate their own sexuality.
We will explore the fears parents have around their daughter being sexually active and Cristina will also spend a bit of time exploring parents’s attitudes towards female masturbation.
Secret Diaries of a Teenage… Nymphomaniac?
After giving her virginity to a boy she thought she loved, Isabel discovers that the teenage rumour mill has slut-shamed her into isolation. Once an A grade student, Isabel finds the only way to deal with the bullying is to become the very thing she is accused of being, and thus begins her own journey of sexual exploration and self indulgence.
In Cristina’s own words: “The essay included in the introduction to my novel reflects on the creation, and the dismantling, of the patriarchy.
The essay is included in order to prompt thought and, I hope, open up a space for young women to question why we act the way we do. It makes for an astonishing read, when one is reminded that the rules of our society were created by men, and women were pushed into two categories: the good woman (the wife), and the bad woman (the prostitute).
This structuring of society, and women’s status within it, was created as part of an intricate web that also produced slavery and the class system. However; in today’s society, women continue to do the patriarchy’s job for them…women themselves are calling other women’s sexuality.
Women’s harsh judgement of each other’s sexual identity and behaviour is contributing to a rise in teenage suicides, as young women find themselves unable to cope with the smear of gossip on social media, which spreads like wild fire.“
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