Sex in the City Research Paper Option
34-year old Miranda feels a teenage girl again when her dentist gives her braces. Samantha is jealous of a 13-year old, super-rich client, who seems to have skipped the teen years altogether. Carrie’s gorgeous younger boyfriend Wade “Superboy” Adams is a comics-shop-clerk who makes her feel young again, as they do teen- and tween-things together, or perhaps too young: he still lives with his devoted parents. Meanwhile Charlotte resorts to heavy medical therapy for Trey’s sexual non-performance, and gets surprising results.
Research Papers must reference course materials and at least one external peer reviewed journal article per question set using APA style. Your Research Papers should be 9-12 pages (not including the required reference page or optional title page); this is typically what would be required to ensure your paper is comprehensive and has a depth of analysis outline in the grading criteria. Your paper should have a maximum of 1-inch margins, Times New Roman Font size 12, and in Microsoft word format.
Please note that there are a total of three sets of questions you must answer (see below); each set is on a specific topic and contains three questions. Answer the first two questions in each set of topic area questions listed below drawing from the course readings. Then answer the third question in each set using a peer reviewed article you find on your own; this means you will have to use a total of three different external peer reviewed articles
1. Gender Identities.
In detail, discuss how the research on age compression and media influences would explain the behavior of the pre- teen girls in this episode. Using the textbook research examining ethnicity and social class, comprehensively explain what childhood socialization issues appear to influence the behaviors of the pre- teens in this episode. Drawing from an external peer reviewed research article on pubertal development or early maturation, discuss why Samantha and the others should/ should not be surprised by the behaviors of the pre- teens in this episode.
2. Sex, Love & Romance.
Discuss how any two women in this episode engage or reject sexual scripts or romantic scripts as described in the textbook/ lecture; comprehensively explain why this occurs. Identify any two issues related to adolescent sexuality as outlined in the textbook/ lecture shown in this episode; explain the potential and physical implications of the characters engaging in these behaviors according to this research. Drawing from an external peer reviewed article, explain the relationship between self esteem and sexuality; discuss in detail how these research findings are applicable to reactions in this episode.
Consider the concept of the marriage gradient discussed in the textbook; comprehensively explain how this paradigm would predict the outcomes of any relationship shown in this episode. Discuss comprehensively how the research on women making more money than men- as discussed in the textbook- may explain the decisions or concerns of any characters in this specific episode. Using an external peer reviewed research article that examines martial/ relationship trends among college educated populations , explain why any two characters hold certain beliefs and attitudes about committed relationships.
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