Role Model Essay

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Katrina Green
CWV
5/24/2012
Uhley, Jim

Perhaps the greatest influence on woman ever to walk this planet, and my personal hero lived 1926-1962. Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker, most commonly knows as Marilyn Monroe, was a role model for woman, teaching them to be independent and proud of who they are. Her personal values included individuality, self esteem, sex appeal, and embracing womanhood. Her views seem to reflect parts of both Naturalism and Humanism. Her belief that people should do what they feel is right and what their normal human urges lead them to make me conclude that she would have agreed with parts of both of these worldviews. For example she stated in an interview with Pete Martin when asked “What do you think about sex?”, “It's part of nature, I go along with nature”. (Martin, 1956) Marilyn Monroe's worldviews differ from my personal views somewhat. However, many of her beliefs and values are similar to mine. I definitely agree with her opinion regarding family values. “She believes a wife should not be separated from her husband and she believes a mother should not be separated from her children” (Graham, 1954) I also agree that woman should be proud of who they are. She believed that woman should embrace their femininity and individuality, and be unashamed of their bodies and sex appeal. She once said, “I'm for the individual as opposed to the corporation. The way it is the individual is the underdog, and with all the things a corporation has going for them the individual comes out banged on her head. The artist is nothing. It's really tragic”. (Lewis, 2012) Although I support much of her worldview, I disagree that we should go along with nature regarding sex. I believe that sex is a special act that should only be between two people who truly love each other. I would choose Marilyn Monroe as a personal role model as well as a role model for any woman. Her words have inspired woman all over to embrace their sexuality and womanliness. I...
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