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  1. Default Speech- the influence of fashion on teenagers.

    Hi. This's my speech I wrote for the comps at our school. Crits welcome :]
    I'm aware that some of it may not make sense without seeing someone else read it to you. I've put in brackets things I did rather than said. Hope it's understandable enough, but if not, sorry about that, but it is, after all; a speech.

    Oh, and by the way, my name is pronounced EYE-Larh. thanks.


    [p.s~ sorry if I posted this twice by mistake.]


    ...
    [said in a girly voice and spoken really fast]
    Well Hi there! My name’s Isla. I like to
    wear revealing clothes, flunk out of maths,
    call everything hot, say like like 365 times
    a day and wear a CM thick layer of make
    up that takes an hour to apply every day.
    [said on a monotone with my nose blocked.]
    Salutations.
    My name is Isla; but you can
    call me Cyber Queen, I’m the third gamer
    in New Zealand to defeat the level 64
    boss.

    [said in a low American gangsta voice/accent.]
    Sup ma homey G. The names I-dog.
    In my spare time I enjoy low riding
    baggy jeans, wearing backwards caps,
    and thinking I’m too cool for you.
    [said in a low depressed voice]My name is Misery. I like to sit in
    corners and cut myself, and just generally
    cause physical harm to my body. It takes
    my mind off the mental pain.

    What I have just shown you, are four
    examples of common stereotypes that
    can be found in every high school.
    Nerds, Emos, Plastics or populars,
    and Gangstas.
    As humans, we are drawn to people
    who are like us... as a result of this,
    you end up with little groups called
    cliques.

    The word clique originated
    from the French language, and its
    literal translation is together.
    People in the cliques are bound to
    each other by what they have in
    common. Things like music tastes,
    opinions, hobbies, and sometimes
    race and or gender. But perhaps
    the biggest influence on these
    groups is fashion.

    Colours, styles, designers...
    everything. What you wear can have
    a massive impact on who you’re
    allowed to hang out with in the cruelly
    complicated social food chain we call
    adolescence. When we see people
    for the first time, it’s quite often that
    we think we can tell everything about
    a person judging on how they’re
    dressed.

    Sometimes this is true, sometimes it’s
    not. For example, if you were to see
    a girl with a fake tan, a mini skirt small
    enough to be a belt, a top that begins
    *here* and ends *here*, then just from t
    hat you can tell that this person is very
    confident in their appearance. But
    every case is different.

    It may be that this girl isn’t very
    confident. She may find herself giving
    in to the pressure from her friends to
    dress like them. Sometimes trends
    like that eat away at your personality
    until there’s nothing left except for what
    everyone else in your clique wants
    you to be. Fashion is a funny thing. It
    makes us work so hard to be
    something we’re just... not.

    If you look through any magazines
    you own, you’ll probably find that
    any of the women in there are of the
    same build. Tall, elegant, really
    creepy skinny, tanned... I’m sure you
    know the type. Isn’t this a horrible
    example for anyone reading them?
    because fashion doesn’t only apply
    to clothing. It applies to bodies as well.

    From a young age, whenever we see
    pictures of people of billboards, and
    on advertisements, we are brought up
    to think that everyone has to look like
    Johnny Depp, or Jessica Alba.
    We’re brought up to think that there’s
    only one way to look. This is not fair,
    and not true.

    There’s something I find really hilarious.
    There’s a new style that was started
    not long ago, called scene kidds.
    This style focuses on individuality and
    embracing your flaws. But what a lot
    of the scene kids are doing, is copying
    each other. They steal little bits from
    everyone else, to make themselves
    into what they want to be.

    That must be what’s happening,
    otherwise there’d only be one scene
    kidd. Right? So what they’re really
    saying to themselves is “I’m going to be
    really unique, and be like them.”
    Ridiculous, isn’t it?
    So now I come to the big question.
    Is fashion healthy? is what it’s doing
    to us, as teenagers, a good thing?

    the answer is far from simple. By
    hanging out in our cliques, we feel
    accepted. We know who we are, and
    who we can rely on. Someone who
    will agree with you, is never far away.
    But fashion is cruel, and harsh. Over
    time it’s gained the power to create
    barriers between ourselves and
    people in other groups.

    The barriers are so hard to break
    through, that few people bother to
    try. It’s become easier to just stay
    where we are, and not leave our
    comfort zone, socially. So fashion
    is extremely two sided. It can give
    you confidence in yourself, but it can
    also make you feel *this tall.*
    Whether or not to embrace fashion
    is up to the individual.

    Who better to illustrate this then
    one of my favourite gangstas
    Jermaine ‘the J-dog’ Clement.
    As the J-dog once said:
    “Look. I’m a person. Brett’s a
    person. You’re a person. That
    person over there; is a person.
    And we all deserve to be treated...
    like a person.”
    When fashion-related celebrities try to sound deep you end up with quotes like
    "A woman should be two things. Graceful and stylish."

    I think my favourite is::
    "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap."


    .[x.Izzle.x].

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    Except that you're just telling your teachers what they want to hear, which is fine from a grade perspective but pretty crappy from a writing perspective. You're also basing everything on stereotypes, what your teachers and such have told you and what you've seen on TV (oh, gotta love irony).

    Though, I suspect you'll get a good grade on this because teachers do love to hear that they're right.
    Quote Originally Posted by ReccyV View Post
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    Actually it's my opinion. Are you refering to me telling people to be individuals?
    When fashion-related celebrities try to sound deep you end up with quotes like
    "A woman should be two things. Graceful and stylish."

    I think my favourite is::
    "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap."


    .[x.Izzle.x].

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    Quote Originally Posted by GloomySundae View Post
    Actually it's my opinion. Are you refering to me telling people to be individuals?
    No, just the whole thing in general. I mean, if that's your opinion, fine but it's a pretty boring opinion: one everyone's heard many many times before.

    Fashion is evil.
    Follow our teachings, do what we say and be an individual.
    You teenagers are all too fucking stupid to realize this but you're all being controlled by the media.
    etc.

    Everything you've said is repetition. But hell, if was for school you didn't really have a choice.
    Quote Originally Posted by ReccyV View Post
    Poetry. It's an orgasmic sort of writing.

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    Thanks for that. But I've gotta say, if teenagers are too "fucking stupid" for you; why are you on a teenaged writers site? O.o

    What do you want me to say?
    "Be like everyone else. Everyone will hate you if you act different."
    When fashion-related celebrities try to sound deep you end up with quotes like
    "A woman should be two things. Graceful and stylish."

    I think my favourite is::
    "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap."


    .[x.Izzle.x].

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    I'm with Tegzz.

    I don't think Tegzz is implying you're fucking stupid, but more the fact that what you've written here is the story of us all. There is no originality in it and it's constantly repeating every point over in different words.

    Teachers tell you to be individuals, yes we know that.
    Teahcers are forever going on about clique, we know.

    But instead of trying to suck up to the teachers, so to speak, for a good grade and feed them everything they have said, why don't you do something unique?

    Fine it may be your oppinion, but it's the exact same opinion for so many people. In no part does it differ from anything that isn't already being told across schools in the world.

    Personally, not in a very nasty way, but I would say scrap this and start over. Really write what you truly feel and not just what you have been fed.

    As for the bit about the girl with fake tan, mini-skirt etc etc, I could think of so many other words for it than "Confident in their apperance"
    "Our scars are the reminders that our past was real."

    "
    Perfect Beauty is learning to see an imperfect person perfectly."
    -Cher


    "Do not look back and grieve over the past, for
    it is gone, and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to
    come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be
    worth remembering.
    "

    - Scott Taylor

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    Thank you for phrasing it nicely

    I don't mind if people absolutly despise my writing. I just wish it wouldn't be said so.. viciously as it is by some people here; looking around the site.

    Unfortunatly I sort of had to choose this topic. We were given a list of some majorly lame ones, and this was the... uhh... least lame, in my opinion. And I really didn't know what else to do with it.

    But yeah, I'll bare that in mind for next time, thanks.
    When fashion-related celebrities try to sound deep you end up with quotes like
    "A woman should be two things. Graceful and stylish."

    I think my favourite is::
    "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap."


    .[x.Izzle.x].

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    Quote Originally Posted by GloomySundae View Post
    Thank you for phrasing it nicely

    Ha ha. you are most definitely welcome.

    I don't think the topic is the majorly "lame" or "bad" thing. I think overall the wording is what's been heard hundreds and hundreds of times.
    If it were to be changed up with a bit of individuality and orginality, I reckon it could be a great piece.
    "Our scars are the reminders that our past was real."

    "
    Perfect Beauty is learning to see an imperfect person perfectly."
    -Cher


    "Do not look back and grieve over the past, for
    it is gone, and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to
    come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be
    worth remembering.
    "

    - Scott Taylor

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    What do you mean? like re-write it with the same idea, but rephrase it all?
    When fashion-related celebrities try to sound deep you end up with quotes like
    "A woman should be two things. Graceful and stylish."

    I think my favourite is::
    "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap."


    .[x.Izzle.x].

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    (I wasn't throwing insults at you, that's just what the elders have been telling us for years and what you repeat (though with less vulgarity) in this.)
    Quote Originally Posted by ReccyV View Post
    Poetry. It's an orgasmic sort of writing.

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