Dr. Phil Script
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
Emily introduce our thesis to the class.
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 actions
leading to a loss of self autonomy.
Dr. Phil starts.
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 have experienced the effects of gender role
expectations and are here today to share their experiences with us. Everyone, please welcome
Lucy, Kala, Tita, and Girlie from Pahala, Hawaii. (on powerpoint first slide)
Girls walk in.
Say the names of the four
Dr. Tom: Let’s start off with a brief introduction from each of these girls. Ladies, please
introduce yourselves. (Detail)
Girls introduce themselves. In the order of Kala, Tita, Girlie, and Lucy.
Dr. Tom: Welcome, welcome. Please have a seat. Now let’s start with you Kala.
*all of the quotes will be on the powerpoint
Kala Quote: “But Jimmy boy grab my wrist and hold me down to the seat. You sit right here, he
tell. So you can learn. I shut my eyes. Had four more cheerleaders” (24).
In this quote, kala demonstrates her subordination towards Jimmy. Instead of rejecting Jimmy
when he forcefully touches her, Kala allows him to continue and even obeys his commands like
“sit right here… so you can learn.” As Kala closes her eyes, she envisions the cheerleaders and
because she feels that she is one of those oppressed girls, instead of 5 cheerleaders remaining,
she realizes that there are only 4 left. Before she would act superior over Lucy but ironically,
around Jimmy, Kala acts submissive and inferior to him. Thus, such male dominance in this
society shows the extent the girls have to conform in order to meet the gender role expectations.
Kala Quote: “You neva give me nothing yet. I no say nothing. If you no give me nothing. I going
take something from you and what I take, you neva going give nobody else ever again” (26-27).
In this quote, Jimmy is once again exerting his dominance over Kala. Although unclear of what
the “something” might be, it’s indicative that the “something” means Kala’s virginity. Thus,
Jimmy demands that he should be in possession of her virginity and that she should be willing to
give it to him. Even if she chooses not to sacrifice her virginity for him, Jimmy will forcefully