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Self Expression The American social environment has revolutionized the ways in which people express their sexual identity Years ago it was taboo for a young lady to talk about sex or even arouse her interest about the topic Sheltered under her parents wings a girl was not given the opportunity to explore her sexuality Parents molded their children in their image and did not allow them much choice or opportunity for diversity It was not as socially acceptable for a young person to be allowed to express themselves through clothes music or lifestyle as it is today Stuart Ewen presents an excellent point in his article First Impressions about young people and how they have come to shape their own identity Although this article is about the influence of urban styles on materialistic impressions he makes a remarkably strong point about the historical transformation of individual identity Ewen states The old world of the parents was rooted in a continuitythe new world on the other hand demanded a sense of self that was malleable sensitive to the power of increasingly volatile surfaces Addressing the historical transformation of individual identity historian Warren Susman describes it as a shift from the importance of character to the importance of personality Ewen 411 Audrey Lorde incorporated this theory throughout her book ZAMI a New Spelling of My Name Lorde takes us on a journey through her life starting with her early childhood years As a young black girl being raised by a strong independent homosexual mother living a hetrosexual lifestyle Lorde shows us how she secretly takes on many of her mothers characteristics Audrey Lorde uses her mothers sexual identity as a foundation in developing her own sense of sexuality while struggling to express herself as a young homosexual black woman in an extensively critical society Audrey Lorde paints a picture throughout this book of how her mothers sexuality played a major role in allowing her to
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