Alyssa's Fourth Journal Entry

When I read the short stories "lust" and "how to date a browngirl, blackgirl, whitegirl, and halfie" they are similar because both of the stories talk about how relationships and sex are complicated in lots of ways. In the story "Lust" a girl is struggling through the life as a high schooler. She feels the need to go out with many guys because that is what she needs to do to fit in. By the end of the story the girl realizes that all she ends up becoming nothing and feeling nothing. In the story "how to date a browngirl, blackgirl, whitegirl, and halfie" is a story about a guy going through the stages of dating different girls. As he was explaining his dates he had different options for different girls. When he was picking restaurants he seemed to know which of the girls would prefer different ones. A thing I noticed was that in each short story there is really no emotion. It seems that these people are just going through the motions. It is very sad to see that in the end they are feeling basically like nothing by the end of the story.

Response

Hi Alyssa,
I agree with what you about the characters lakcking emotion. I think this was most apparent in How to Date a Brown girl, there was really no feeling behind what he did. He went through and had all these hookups that were pretty much meaningless. There would have been more feeling if he actually had felt something for the girls he was with. It's hard to understand how someone could go through that many people with no emotion at all, just sleep with one then next, then next its pretty heartless to me. Why do you think he never got emotionally attached to any of the girls? Because this is just a game to him? Or is there maybe a true reason he never shows any emotion with, although at some points he seems bored. Nice job!
-Marissa Terry

no emotion

With Yunior, I think he's probably repressing what emotional engagement there is. If he lets himself show emotion, let's himself be vulnerable, he can get hurt. My sense is he is not getting any "action," for lack of a better way to put it. Maybe a little. But for the most part, he's talking the way he expects others want him to talk, to put on the show, but with nothing coming of it. No sex for sure. Definitely no human connection. I think we see the flip-side of this in Lust. Lots of sex, but still no human connection.

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Bradley

Sexuallity

Are you sure she is in highschool? i like how you show that they use sex and a bandage to a previous wound. so what makes they act this way? how does this either promote socity or degrade it ? Is there progress in gender equality? SO i guess i am asking what does this mean other then the charters stuggled?

Daniel Willard

high school...?

It seemed to me that she was reflecting on her sexually active life in the chronological phases of her life - high school on to her post-collegiate years.

Response to Mikhael

I must have read it wrong. But I agree with you I think that it was later in her college years rather than in her highschool years.

Sexuallity

Are you sure she is in highschool? i like how you show that they use sex and a bandage to a previous wound. so what makes they act this way? how does this either promote socity or degrade it ? Is there progress in gender equality? SO i guess i am asking what does this mean other then the charters stuggled?

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