Snowball question: Have you ever felt discriminated because you were pressured to do
something you did not want to do based on your gender role expectations? *on powerpoint
Group discussion “Dr. Tom” starts. (music will be on powerpoint) Dr. Tom introduces
Thesis: In Louis Ann Yamanaka’s Saturday Night at the Pahala Theater, the young girls
are constantly pressured to fit their gender role expectations. This pressure drives their
leading to a loss of self autonomy. (on powerpoint)
(When we write this on the board, we should include a definition of autonomy,
"one who gives oneself their own law
") is a concept
found in moral
. Within these contexts, it refers to the capacity of a rational
to make an informed, un-coerced decision.”
: On today’s show we will focus on the effect of gender role expectations and how it
leads to the loss of self autonomy. The four girls we have today experience the effects of gender
role expectations and are here today to share their experiences with us. Audience, your input will
be needed, prepare to examine these girls and show how their experiences are shaped by their
gender role expectations. Without further ado, Please welcome our first guest, Kala.
Kala walks in, and takes a seat
– Thank you for being here.
– Please tell me a little about yourself, what do you experience in Pahala?
- Yeah hi, I’m Kala. I like to take charge of Lucy, that stupid little girl. I have obviously
gone through more life lessons than she ever will. She doesn’t even know simple things like no
clip your toenails at night, no wear tight jeans, no use somebody’s deodorant, especially no sleep
with your hair wet because she will become like the sluty Darlene Ebanez, who enjoys
masturbation. Oh, let me warn you, don’t ever trust men, especially the Filipinos. All they ever
want is to faack you, and get inside your pants. And yet, being a girl, you must not resist, just
obey the men. Ugh I hate how Jimmy always tries to kiss me and wants to rape me, especially at
my graduation party. Even though he is the captain of the volleyball team, he treats me like dirt.
He never calls by my name and always tries to molest me. One time he gave me hickeys, and my
uncle gave me a lot of lickens with a hose pipe because he thought I was futting around with the
boys when I am clearly innocent. My uncle does not believe anything I say and calls me a
fuckin’ little liar. Whatever. But what I don’t get is how he just let Jimmy take me home after
the party and does not care if Jimmy rapes me nor not. Just like the girls in the Cheerleaders
Growing Up movie, I am taken advantage of by Jimmy and yet no one can help me because all
the other girls have their own troubles. I can’t even defend myself. Useless. I really want to get
out of Pahala, I hate this. I hate my life here.