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Tomboy Alert: Reining in a Rebel Without a Cause

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Tim Monaghan Professor Beth Eck GSOCI 140 Monday April 6th, 2015 Tomboy Alert: Reining in a Rebel without a Cause Daphne didn’t live up to societal expectations, which is why she was described as “inappropriately female.” On the surface, it means that she didn’t act like a typical girl. More specifically, it means that her misbehavior was due to the fact that she didn’t feel comfortable about being born a girl. This is why, starting from a young age, she stole, joined a gang, used illicit drugs and alcohol, played hooky, was suspended and later expelled from school. She also tended to exhibit violent, abusive behavior and rebelled against authority figures. There were consequences for her behavior that was perceived as being too masculine. This led to her parents to become upset with her, who felt that they couldn’t reach her and eventually didn’t have much of a relationship at all with her. Her peers teased her for acting liking a tomboy. It got to the point where her parents thought that putting her in a mental hospital was the best solution. The mental hospitals that Daphne stayed in served as a total institution. One specific way is how after attempting suicide while at Michael Reese hospital, which was her first mental hospital. This led to her first going into seclusion for treatment, while being locked in a room by herself. Later she was taken out of seclusion and tied to a bed with leather straps to preclude her from trying to commit suicide again. She later was taken to the hospital lounge to socialize with her fellow patients, but she was forced to keep the straps on. After successfully taking one off of her right wrist, she was caught by an attendant and put back in her room with the straps still on as punishment....

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