She also observed that society expects a "good girl" to be a pleaser, follow the rules, be a good student, likable, and be friends with all. There are problems with girls being pressured in this way.
First, they lose social permission to express their strongest opinions. They also don't develop the skills necessary to be assertive. Lastly, they become fearful of conflict.
Ms. Simmons noted how popular bullying behavior has become in the media. She observed that "reality" television has turned humiliation into entertainment. Why should we expect our children to behave civilly when they witness the mean spiritedness of television celebrities, and yes, even our politicians?
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