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The Emergence of Femininity in The One Girl at The Boys Party by Sharon Olds The One Girl at The Boys Party by Sharon Olds is about the personal journey of the discovery of feminine sexuality in the life of an adolescent female In this confusing journey mathematics are used metaphorically to describe the girls new found sexuality The girl attempts to deny the emergence of her femininity though the impersonal use of mathematics in order to intellectually repress her true sexual being The girl in this poem is young and with her youth comes a sense of innocence however the poem demonstrates the sexual awakening the girl incurs The girls youth is exemplified when the speaker states that she took her girl to the party and sat her down 862 Here the speaker presents the girl as a child being chaperoned to the party by her mother The girl is also described as being smooth and sleek her body hard and indivisible as a prime number 862 This description points out the girls youth but also highlights her feminine sexuality It would appear that the girl is unprepared for her sexual awakening and as such is using mathematics to defer her attention from her sexual thoughts feelings and desires The speaker states that as the girl stands there her math scores unfolding in the air around her 862 This eludes to how the denial of her sexuality is unfolding it is as if she is loosing her ability to concentrate on the mathematics that distract her from her true sexuality Here it would seem that the girl may be coming to terms with the inevitability of her female sexuality The poem exemplifies the difference between the thoughts of the boys and the girl as well as demonstrating how her thoughts evolve from those of innocence to thoughts that become dominated by sexuality The speaker describes how the boys see the
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