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Opinion Essay 1 - comments made me feel inferior because by...

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Vanessa Reapor Ethnic Studies 112, Section 5 Professor Rodrigues January 12, 2010 Opinion Essay 1 Everyday I experience and/or witness various forms of social constructions; whether it is directed towards me, or a stranger I happen to encounter. However, the negative social constructions I’ll never forget were ones I experienced in high school. During my junior and senior year, I was a varsity cheerleader, and eventually became co- captain. When I decided to join, I had an idea that I was going to automatically fall into the stereotype of what the media depicts of an average cheerleader: unintelligent, self- centered, cruel and vain. Unfortunately, I had gotten what I expected, and more. For instance, on the first day of school, my squad and I were always required to wear our uniforms. Then when I would take a seat in advanced or accelerated classes I could hear my fellow classmates whisper and wonder if I was in the correct class. Hearing their
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Unformatted text preview: comments made me feel inferior because by default I was labeled as unintelligent and marginalized as powerless. As my cheerleading days progressed, I grew accustom to the biased views of some of my peers. For example, on the day of homecoming it is tradition to wear a football player’s jersey, and a fellow peer asked me if I was wearing my boyfriend’s jersey. I told her it definitely was not and asked why she had assumed that. She simply replied with, “I thought all cheerleaders go out with football players.” This statement not only shocked me, but also completely caught me off guard because it not only is dehumanizing, but also proves the strength of the media’s influence on their consumers. These negative social constructions I experienced in high school filled me with new found motivation: to break ill views and to focus on someone’s internal qualities....
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