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of Jayanthi also displays how Jayanthi’s prevention of self expression caused her to lack empa- thy. Jayanthi, who portrays the “bad girl” archetype, “used men for sex and dumped when they became too serious or emotionally engaged” (36). In other words, since Jayanthi was limited by the “bad girl” archetype, which Jayanthi used as a method to stray away from the traditional val- ues of her family, it resulted in Jayanthi using relationships to satisfy her sexual. Whats more, this also displays how Jayanthi lost her sense of empathy, since she only used the men she came in contact with for her own goals, and not taking time to understand the feelings of her partners
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Young 4 towards the possibility of making a relationship, because she would dump them the men who got too “emotionally engaged”. Similar to the experiences of Faulkner, Jayanthi had also lost her sense of expressing empathy when she was prevented from expressing her individuality. From the men at the Citadel tormenting Faulkner to Jayanthi using men to sat- isfy her sexual desires, both demonstrate how the influences of society and institutions that pre- vents expressing one’s self causes people to lose their ability to understand the feelings of others. Lacking the ability to express empathy limits people’s ability to make meaningful con- nections, because people must understand the emotions of others in order to connect. The mis- treatments December Green received from men at the Citadel displays this limitation. As Green, the recalls, she “found herself getting obscene phone calls [from the cadets] in the middle of the night”, where “no one tried to stop her when she left in 1992 in despair over her inability to con- tain the cadets’ fury. This quote demonstrates how the lack of empathy hindered the cadets ability to make connections with Green. The verbal abuse that the men forced on Green demonstrates their lack of empathy, since they did not take into consideration of understanding Green’s emo- tions as being the only female professor in the entire academy. This then limits the cadets’ ability to make connections, because without understanding Green’s perspective, they limit their ambit for emotional connection to just themselves, which makes it harder to act and respond to others, demonstrating that there cannot be a meaningful connection without the understanding of peo- ple’s emotions. Likewise, Bell’s description of Alicia also demonstrates how the lack of empathy prevented her from making connections. Alicia, who “could be quite flirtatious, and was particu- larly bold with [men] she knew she would never see again”, enjoyed “knowing that she looked good and took pleasure in it” (Bell 40). In other words, Alicia used her sexuality as a form to get
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  • Fall '09
  • DEMETRAKAREMAN
  • Susan Faludi, Shannon Faulkner

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