Teen Art Virgin
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teen art virgin
Surprisingly, I have found Marian art to be a fruitful avenue of engagement in the classroom. Examining paintings, some chosen by the students and others by me, taps into a vulnerability that teenage boys are generally reluctant to reveal.
I appreciate you trying to find ways to help teenage boys to relate to Mary, but a few things - you do a disserve to them by helping perpetuate to them that they cannot relate to someone, naturally, across gender lines. It is not assumed girls struggle to relate to Jesus or the Apostles because they were male. And, I really encourage you to do more research on the art you share - Munch's "Madonna" is not meant to be religious art in anyway - it's using subtle religious symbolism to encourage the viewer to challenge their views of the subject of an erotic painting, it's not Mary, the Mother of God. This painting is not meant to be a respectful depiction of the Holy Mother. Also, teaching boys that Mary, who was above all worldly cares like vanity, had any interest in being a "desirable" woman withholds the truth of Mary's sinless nature from your students. Mary can be difficult for many people to relate to, but please take care to be teaching the truth of her nature while helping your students find their way to her. And please, review your art history and analysis a little better when picking your subjects.
There are no heart-to-hearts in The Virgin Suicides, no Breakfast Club-esque debunking of high school stereotypes. Instead it's about teenagers who have only ideas of each other to think about, and just from a distance, because talking to people you like is scary and hormones suck and parents get suspicious. The boys crush on the girls, we think the girls crush on the boys, and then the girls kill themselves so we'll never know for sure.
If there's any teen bonding experience in this book, it exists in all the small gestures acting as placeholders for what its characters wish they could say. Notes left in bicycle wheels, code transmitted through a window with a light, records played over the telephone. The Virgin Suicides is my favorite teen romance of all time, either in spite or because of the fact that the characters never really talk to one another.
When I first read this book, I didn't feel like a teenager. Now, at 16, despite writing about being a teenager, editing a website about being a teenager and publishing a book about being a teenager, I still don't feel like a teenager. When I look back on my adolescence so far, my memories consist primarily of events that never took place, stories imagined from the music and movies and books I've pored over alone in my room, hopes I've had that never quite panned out but which are as vivid in my mind as any real experience. I was sure that I was doing it wrong.
I reread The Virgin Suicides once a year, and each time I come closer to accepting the possibility that maybe that's what adolescence is. Not making out with Trip Fontaine under the bleachers or losing your virginity at the school dance or jumping out a bedroom window after dramatically proclaiming love to an almost perfect stranger. But that disconnect, that yearning, just waiting itself.
Back in 2002, the Telegraph described Britney Spears as "the supposedly chaste queen of teen pop." The early 2000s were pretty much dominated by speculation over whether the singer was a virgin or in fact, as she hinted, "not that innocent." In a delightfully ironic twist, Spears just appeared in a November episode of the CW's Jane the Virgin, dancing to "Toxic" with the virginal and comically pregnant protagonist Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez).
Hestia served as the object of affection for both Apollo and Poseidon, but to avoid conflict, she rejected them both and swore herself to a virginal life. All three appear in the work of the epic poet Homer, and their Roman equivalents (Diana, Minerva, and Vesta) also figure in the literature of Ovid. From hunting to wisdom, their status as virginal women conferred on them great power.
In the 1600s, William Shakespeare scrutinized the idea of virginity as a sanctified quality. His female characters played out what it meant to be a virgin within the patriarchal English society in which he lived. In Hamlet, Ophelia is very much the archetypal sub; she obeys the requests of her lover and father even though she finds herself in the middle of their quarrel. Her brother Laertes tells her to "fear" premarital sex, warning her that "canker galls the infants of the spring / Too oft before their buttons be disclosed." (Read: a non-virginal woman is of no interest to dudes.)
Contrarily, Shakespeare also depicted his virgins as highly assertive. Although 14-year-old Juliet later ends up in bed with her paramour in Romeo and Juliet, she first rebuffs his advances with the outright question: "What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?"
Virginity and the notion of 'losing it' has cropped up in cult teen films since the 80s. "What inspires directors is that virginity is a central tension in teenage life, and thus makes for both good drama and comedy," American film scholar Tim Shary tells Broadly. From Larry Clark's hard-hitting Kids, which sees the amoral Telly sleeping with virgins because they're 'clean,' to the unsettling and provocative relationship between 48-year-old Lester and high school student Angela in American Beauty, female virgins are still largely seen as prey.
This is in direct contrast to how male virginity is depicted (think American Pie and Superbad). As Shary explains, "There is a general difference that is influenced by patriarchy, i.e., boys can be more horny and girls must be more chaste. Most often, girls are not shown expressing sexual desires, even when they want boyfriends.
"Because their interests are in romance, virginal girls are assumed to be morally righteous, even if that comes with accusations of being prudish; virginal boys are viewed as unlucky or desperate after a certain age."
There are of course, exceptions to the rules. Sophia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides (based on the book of the same name by Jeffrey Eugenides), features a set of siblings called the Lisbon sisters. Repressed by their devoutly religious parents, the girls enthrall a group of high school boys. One of the sisters, Lux (Kirsten Dunst), successfully loses her virginity by seducing her school crush, Trip (Josh Hartnett), in between suggestive winks and playing footsie under the family dinner table. Later on in the film, she gasses herself in the car. The protagonist Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) in In Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac is even more outrageous. After losing her virginity in a disappointing encounter to Shia LaBeouf's Jerôme, she leads a life full of unrestrained, carnal trysts.
As the cliche goes in horror films, "the virgin always lives." From Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode in the first instalment of Halloween in 1978, the tradition holds that if a character is sexually moral they won't be murdered, whilst their promiscuous friends are slaughtered by the dozen. In her book Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film, Carol J. Clover describes this trope as the "final girl." She argued that the chaste woman is morally sound and is therefore unpunishable, leaving her alone with the power to bring down the oft male killer.
Sarah Jacobson's only feature film is a vibrant and vital antidote to every phony Hollywood teen picture. It brings lo-fi realness to the coming-of-age genre, and it mostly takes place in a repertory movie theater. First job, first time, crushes, friendships, fitting in, and figuring it out all are handled with utter honesty. (1998, dir. Sarah Jacobson, DCP, color, 98 min.)
Considering its tragic personal investment and the overall harrowing essence, The Virgin Suicides had to be a film that dignifies the American adolescent experience of struggle for identity and control of emotions through a compelling stylised palette and terrific performances. The film is detailed and rich in its presentation. Still, it maintains its delicate and dream-like aura, representing the all-American teenage girl in a moving snapshot that mirrors painted artwork.
The Centers for Disease Control last month released a study showing a dramatic drop in the proportion of teenagers having sex. In 1988, 60 percent of never-married young men 15 to 19 years old reported that they had had sexual intercourse; today that figure is just 42 percent. What happened? Are more boys saving themselves for marriage? Have they discovered religion? You can read the full text of the CDC report, all 44 pages, at www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_23/sr23_031.pdf. But you won't find the answer there.
The reporting on this issue so far has been disappointing. The usual suspects have made conjectures which are far off the mark. The New York Times parenting blog suggested that maybe the actual rate hasn't changed that much; maybe kids today are just more modest, more demure, and less willing to talk about such things. Huh? Kids today are more modest than 20 years ago? What planet are we talking about? Here's the link to the NY Times parenting blog: -teens-really-having-less-sex/.
When John Belushi starred in Animal House in 1978, critics variously called the movie raunchy, offensive, and hysterically funny. Today it seems merely quaint. The popular culture of American teenagers has shifted significantly over the past three decades. John Belushi burping and crushing a beer can against his forehead wouldn't shock anybody today, in the era of Superbad, Jackass 3, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
I have visited more than 200 schools across the United States. I have talked with kids in cities, in suburbs, and in rural areas. I think I know why fewer teens are having sexual intercourse compared with 20+ years ago. It's pretty simple. Oral sex is displacing old-fashioned penile-vaginal intercourse. The CDC report concerned only penile-vaginal intercourse. The CDC interviewers did not mention oral sex, except to make sure that each teen understood that the interviewer was asking about vaginal intercourse, not oral sex. 041b061a72