Mean Girls Sociology

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Stacey Smith
2/14/2013
Sociology 101
George Kinder
Movies And Their Messages
In the movie Mean Girls, released in April of 2004, you see the traditional story about the new girl in school and the stereotypes that engulf the adolescent environment. Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, shows us what life at a corrupted school could be like for teens that are not so familiar with the American ways of socialization and "surviving" the potentially threatening lifestyle it could lead on. Sadly, children succumb to it as a result of a dire need to fit in. In the film, we're first introduced with the impression that high schoolers and the staff are super strict and have no sympathy for the new students. As it subtly resembles almost a 'prison'-like feel, Cady finds herself in a situation every teenager feels in their life; isolation and the feeling of being outcasted. We also see that Cady was like any other new girl, just wanting to make friends and fit in with everyone, thus the pressure of peer acceptance. She finally gets into a clique of her own, which honestly would've been the best choice just to stick with that group and not get involved with the "queen bees" that ruled the school.

Regina George was portrayed as the girl everybody hated, but wanted to be treated great by her. She's the spoiled girl that always got what she wanted, and built a strong reputation off of being rebellious and a bully in general. As part of Regina's scam into recruiting a new girl to showcase the "best looking girls in school", Cady gets sucked in completely. It's easy to fall into the peer pressure when you're greatly outnumbered, and eventually you're stuck doing things that you wouldn't normally because you were trained overtime that it was a normal thing to do. That's why I believe younger teens have become more familiar with having sex at a younger age, because the coolest people in school do it and they always want to contribute to the shock factor. Therefore it possibly...
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