Girls Like Us Essay

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Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us is an intimate portrayal concerning four girls who grew up all with
different ethnic backgrounds and various forms of parental guidence. Anna Chau is
Vietnames with strict parents and good beliefs, Lisa Bronca is a Caucasion Catholic,
De'Yonna Moore is African-American with strong goals who lives with her Grandma and
Raelene Cox is a young white girl who comes from a broken home with little parental
guidence. Girls Like Us shows examples of structural functionism, and conflict theory, as
well as symbolic interactionalism. This movie really intersted me because I actually got
to see each of these girls grow up. This film also contained implications for the science
of sociology.

I believe that the main point of the movie Girls Like Us was to show examples of how
different lifestyles could have an impact on young girls growing up today. It actually
showed these different girls at different important stages in their lives so we got to see
how strong their goals were at the beginning, and how they changed with time and maturity.
It showed how family history and ethnic diversity has an important role in the lives of
young girls. It was a good way to show how lifestyles in general impacted each of these
girls futures in so many ways. It takes four girls all with different families and
different religious beliefs and asks them about their goals and lives when they are young.
Then we see them again each year and it shows the changes in personality as well as in
their beliefs and goals. In this movie Elements of structural functionalism were
definately present. For example, each of these girls were from the same society, but all
their religious and ethical backgrounds varied. Depending on their history and family each
girl had a different view on topics like premarital sex or college goals. I feel that
because Raelene's mom didn't care much about raelene or how well she did in school,
neither did Raelen. This probably led her to the path of dropping out of school and teen
pregnancy. Then we meet Anna Chau who tells us she would never have premarital sex because
it's not allowed and she plans to someday go to college. Anna's father and her culture
would be the functionalist because they stressed education and religion. Conflict theory
was also present in this movie when Anna's parents were stricter on her than they were on
her brother. She said if she so much as looked at a boy she would be in trouble, and if
she ever came home with a hicky on her neck her father would probably kick her out. When
her brother comes home with a hicky they pretty much say "Good job, son" and he is
respected. In this culture a woman is being treated differently because of her gender.
Other conflicts include, Raelene and De'Yonna, white Vs. Vietnamese. Raelene came from a
lower class home and De'Yonna came from a middle class home. Both girls end up pregnant
and doing the same things. Chentevy and her Father also had a conflict. her father's abuse
let her to rebel. She got kicked out of her house for havin a hicky on her neck and then
she turned to drugs and disappeared.

I was most interested by this movie to see how different these girls were just because of
their different cultures. Then as we watched them grow up you see how each person's family
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