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I would like to know why Forever 21 decided that Minnie Mouse’s appearance and name had to change, and why they chose her out of all of the Disney characters.

I think that Forever 21 is implying a lot of value into the matter, including that girls should be tall, skinny and fashionable.

The audience for “Minnie Muse” is no longer for children, I believe, and is now for adolescents.  Most teenagers would appreciate this look more than the original because it has almost a sex appeal to it.

I personally prefer the original Minnie Mouse because I don’t believe that children’s characters should be sexualized. Of course, those are my own emotional values.

There could be a downfall to this, though. If children end up liking the new Minnie Muse more, they may want to dress like her and get into styles that are too old for their age. (cause/effect)

Minnie Mouse is no longer a fully fictional character because now she looks more like a girl. Pudgey mice are not very realistic,  but “anorexic” and overly tall models are, unfortunately.


“Making the Grade” was an excerpt written by a professor at a college, named Professor Wiesenfeld. Throughout the reading, he explains what happens at the end of the school semester. He describes that students that are coming to him asking for a higher grade, even though he gave them what they deserved. The way he sees it, if the students do not put in the effort to get their work done, they should get the grade that reflects that, becoming a cause and effect claim. This claim could also be seen as a claim of fact, because people who do less for school get worse grades, and vice versa.  In paragraph 10, he made a comparison as to why he does not give grades to people who do not deserve them; he explained that he has many students in the engineer field, and when there is a mistake in the building they may have constructed, things can become bad very fast. If the student had worked for their degree instead of getting it handed to them by professors without learning the material, they may have understood how to create the building better.
“Bringing Up Adultolescents” is an article that has a very unrecognizable author. From the reading, it could be a professor of a college explaining what he sees, or it could be a student who is making a point about adultolescents, or it could even be a parent who brought up a lot of statistics and put things together. The audience remains to parents of the adultolescents and to adultolescents themselves. The excerpt puts together an explanation of the word “adultolescent”. The author describes who they are, who they affect, and what they do. In paragraph 6, they make a very interesting statement concerning how in the 1960’s, kids were for anything against the adults and now they’re all about making amends with them. A lot of good comparisons and statistics were made in the excerpt as well.

A. What are adultolescents?

Adultolescents are described as college students in between the age of high school graduates and college graduates. These individuals are also known for being very dependent on their parents, and have tactics such as moving back in with them and getting money from them.

B. Do they exist?

Yes, they do exist. I, myself, am a minor form of the adultolescent; my parents give me money every week so I don’t have to work as much.

C. What has caused this situation?

This situation was caused by parents being afraid of their children not being successful, so they figure being a helping hand until they are stable is the best idea.

D. Do you think it is a good or bad situation?

I think this situation has both good and bad factors. For example, it is good because the college students are getting a little extra help in their life. It’s bad because the students could become too dependent off of their parents and never leave them alone financially.

E. What should be done about it?

There isn’t much that can be done about it because parents are strong willed and if they want to help their kids when they are in need, you better believe they will.

In this excerpt, the critic seems to like the book a lot. She compliments on the fact that the author made the story unique, and she uses the adjectives “hilarious and devastating”. She compares it to “The Catcher in The Rye”, and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime”, which are both very successful books. Not once in the critique does she use a negative tone, and the content stays positive. The critic doesn’t use much input, they mainly state what happens in the book in short and a few quotes at the end (she definitely chose the best quotes of the book).

I’m not actually quite sure what Stew was trying to say with this bizarre song, but I do know it’s some where along the lines of race and equality. I didn’t really like the video, I actually found it a little pointless. Ironically, I only laughed at the parts that nobody else laughed at. I’m not sure if that makes the audience look bad, or if it makes me look bad. I don’t exactly have the sense of humor for these sorts of things.

The comments were very diverse in this video; from appraising to insulting. Some people applauded him for successfully bringing up the issue of race and incorporating it into something funny, while others bashed on his lame sense of humor. I agree with both sides, but I still didn’t find it that amusing.

This article was written by a group of religious leaders to confront the racial issues going on in Alabama. In the beginning of the reading, the clergymen begin to discuss a law and how it should be handled in the court. They touch the topic of how the Negros were not getting an appropriate trial, but then the topic to people responsible to racial friction.

In the second paragraph, the clergymen say something along the lines of agreeing with a particular Negro who is trying to solve the racial issues honestly and openly, and from my understanding, they are referring to Martin Luther King, Jr. After that, they begin talking about how the Negroes of the community are making “demonstrations”, and how they should hold off and try as hard as possible to keep Alabama violence-free.

I agree with the clergymen when they express to the Negroes to stop making demonstrations. These demonstrations can be very quickly escalated to extremes, causing much damage and violence to the state of Alabama. Even though I do agree with them, I also strongly agree with the black community for fighting for their rights.

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