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Barbie, a woman in pink
The Barbie movie is a phenomenon that took the US by storm. A film where women from all walks of life walked into, wearing pink and matching their makeup to their clothes, only to have it smudged by the drastic shift in tone. What was marketed as a silly doll movie had begun to make its way around the internet because of the tragic story it tells, a story of femineity and the tragic tale in which growing up, in Barbie Land, every woman has a place, a story to tell, a chance. Kens don’t have a voice they are portrayed as just Ken, Barbie's boyfriend. Although it's comedic, it’s sad watching Ken struggle to find his own life. The movie dives into the topics of toxic femineity, dependent relationships, and unhealed childhood wounds. The movie is a topic of discussion in many podcasts, TikTok, shows, and even the news. The burden of being a woman is a topic that is talked about but not in mainstream media. The fact a lot of immigrant mothers, or even mothers in general never got the right time to be a child, and watching their child currently grow up so fast hurts them not enjoying the privileges be taken for
granted. Women are expected to be mothers, but no one prepares you for the hard truth of being one. The overbearing weight of always having to take care of another human. Women in general are taunted for simply being, for being a woman, but Barbie explores the fact that women can be anything, including imperfect. Loving yourself no matter what you look like, life itself is a gift, and sharing your life with people is a gift, all in all, go watch the Barbie movie, don’t forget to take your mom.
Mother Relationships - Opinion
by Yesenia Sandoval
Mothers are a huge part of our lives; they nurture us and care for us from the beginning. They grow us from the inside of themselves, and our relationships with our mothers will affect us for the rest of our lives. For a woman a mother is supposed to guide you through the harsh reality of womanhood, she is supposed to keep you protected and love you unconditionally. If those standards are not met or even if some are lacking, if mothers are hypercritical and judgmental of their daughters. The daughters eventually grow up with that mentality and lose themselves in the hopes that their mothers will love them, and they grow up without the ability to set boundaries. They develop low self-esteem and become people pleasers, and many will end up in awful relationships, not only romantic but platonic, and they will experience a lot of toxic people. Men on the other hand, if they do not have caring mothers, will search for it in their partners and eventually depend on their partners to care for them the way their mothers were unable, or some men will grow resentment towards women as seeing that the one woman who was supposed to take care of them had left them, seeing women as nothing but an object or even completely useless. Mothers play a big role in our childhood and social development, the fact that The ideology in pop culture is when a woman is troubled they have “daddy issues” when in reality it is an issue that many women have faced and have dealt with psychological effects of not having a father but I feel as though a motherly presence is more impactful on men and woman, because of the motherly bond and the motherly instinct that many women claim to adapt when they have children. Children of absent mothers emotionally or physically are likely to question their existence as though they aren’t enough for their mothers to protect and accept, mothers can love their children and at the same damage them completely. Motherhood is a hard thing to navigate but as children, you don’t understand that, you simply see that your mother isn’t there, and it takes a toll on the children and eventually the trauma and absence of the motherly figure leaves an impactful emotion scar.