Essay about adventures

Constantly feeling inferior to those around you, always feeling like the underdog can often times make people very self conscious about themselves. Especially, if you remained unnoticed for such a long time, and then right when you’re noticed it can make you feel even worse about yourself. It wasn't until Belly tuned fifteen and pretty did she become noticeable to the boys who she always longed for attention from. Being an unattractive girl of fourteen years of her life was rough, she was never given the time of day by anyone worth while. The avoidance  so many around her wasn't due to just the fact that she was unattractive, but that she was a girl. In the novel The Summer I Turned Pretty, Jenny Han elaborates on the fact that the boys saw themselves on a pedestal and truly thought so little of Belly it shows the gender inequality, it seems as though it's just a heart wrenching book but it's much more than just that.  Even though, Belly ached for the boys attention they believed she was a dramatic little cry baby due to her gender. They were so stuck up on the fact that she was a girl that they saw her incapable of practically everything, she wasn't allowed to go on their “adventures” because they were worried that she might get hurt or would be grossed out by dirt, they saw her to be too fragile for any fun. Little did they know Belly would turn out to be much braver, smart, and much more independent than they could have ever have imagined. 

Constantly feeling inferior to those around you, always feeling like the underdog can often times make people very self conscious about themselves. Especially, if you remained unnoticed for such a long time, and then right when you’re noticed it can make you feel even worse about yourself. It wasn't until Belly tuned fifteen and pretty did she become noticeable to the boys who she always longed for attention from. Being an unattractive girl of fourteen years of her life was rough, she was never given the time of day by anyone worth while. The avoidance  so many around her wasn't due to just the fact that she was unattractive, but that she was a girl. In the novel The Summer I Turned Pretty, Jenny Han elaborates on the fact that the boys saw themselves on a pedestal and truly thought so little of Belly it shows the gender inequality, it seems as though it's just a heart wrenching book but it's much more than just that.  Even though, Belly ached for the boys attention they believed she was a dramatic little cry baby due to her gender. They were so stuck up on the fact that she was a girl that they saw her incapable of practically everything, she wasn't allowed to go on their “adventures” because they were worried that she might get hurt or would be grossed out by dirt, they saw her to be too fragile for any fun. Little did they know Belly would turn out to be much braver, smart, and much more independent than they could have ever have imagined.  Throughout history, women really struggled with inequality. Men were biased towards women and did not accept them, afterall it wasn't until June, 4th 1919, that conditions began to change for the better.

On June, 4th 1919, congress passed that women would finally be able to vote. Looking back through history there was such a large amount of discriminatory acts toward women, the amount of meetings and events that women were allowed to participate in were so slim. As Belly went to Cousins Beach annually it seemed as though every year she was left out, much like the women throughout history. “Women, it was assumed, were unable to handle the pressures of life outside of their home. They couldn’t vote, were discouraged from working, and were excluded from politics. Their duty to society was raising moral children.” In AJE’s article, “History of Women and Equality” they stress the fact that women have been thought to be under men and through time it’s started to change for the better. Women now are allowed to hold high powered jobs as well as being a mom and a wife without having to be a stay at home mom. They aren't as looked down on for working all different types of jobs as they once were in society.  Belly didn’t always understand that she was being left out, she often times just looked past it. Han had written, “Sometimes it’s like people are a million times more beautiful to you in your mind. It’s like you see them through a special lens - but maybe if it’s how you see them, that’s how they really are. It’s like the whole tree falling in the forest thing.” All through her life, Belly was too awestruck by the boys to ever understand the discriminatory actions afflicted on to her.

The amount of activities that she was left out for just for her gender was such a large amount, they thought she would whine too much or throw tantrums because that’s all they saw her capable of doing. One night, the boys decided to go on a camping trip and Belly wanted so badly to be invited along, afterall she always did want to be a part of the boys little circle. When she asked, she was turned down practically immediately they didn't have to think they knew they didn't want a little crybaby girl tagging along. Jenny Han had written, “On the way out Jeremiah turned around and danced a quick little jig for me and I couldn't help it, I laughed. Over his shoulder Conrad said, “Good night Belly,” And that was it. I was in love.” Belly was too young and naive to understand that her gender was a huge part of being left out, if she were a boy she would have always been able to go along on their adventures no matter what.  It took awhile for Belly to understand that she was just being left out. Belly had said “Victory is a thousand times sweeter when you’re the underdog.” she made the statement because she had finally figured out how the boy’s worked. In her actions she proved that she wasn't just the weak little girl that they had always thought her to be, she wasn’t afraid to get dirty and most importantly, she wasn't just some little cry baby, she was much stronger and braver than they had expected. It took time for her to prove to the boys that she was so much more than they thought, but when she did there was no way they would ever think any less of her. Belly knew who she was as a person and that’s what was most important to her, she was aware that she was capable of so much more than what she had always been told.