My entry today is inspired by Hugo Schwyzer's article, “One Mistake Won’t Ruin Your Life. Remember That.” The piece, which can be found at the link pasted below, discusses how society often teaches young girls that their adolescent years are no more than a series of potential failures and traps to be avoided. These failures encompass a wide variety of what seem to me to be quite typical behaviors which include among other things losing your virginity and breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend. Frighteningly, however, the mind manipulation does not stop there. When girls end up encountering these situations, as many of them will realistically do, they are told that their lives are now forever ruined, filled with more disappointing behavior and nagging regret.
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