Humanizing Women in Children Fiction: A Deconstructionist Reading of Girard's Girl Mans Up
1-Sana Sajjad : MPhil English, Department of English, Government, College University, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.2-Asma Aftab : Assistant Professor, Department of English, Government, College University, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.3-Nafees Parvez : PhD Scholar, Department of English, Government, College University, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.
The present study explores how children fiction nuances the socialization of girls and boys in phallogocentric writings and
societies. The teen-protagonists in children fiction highlight the prescribed socialization vis-a-vis the gender binary and contest against
the overemphasized concept of girlhood and boyhood. The social prescription of how a girl and boy would behave essentializes their role
in traditional patriarchal societies. They grow up as cultural beings and not as individuals. Simone de Beauvoir, a French Feminist
Existentialist, jargonizes this socialization as 'the eternal feminine' in order to highlight the nature of gender binary in traditional
patriarchal societies. Following this notion of de Beauvoir, this study deconstructs the socialization of children vis-a-vis their relationship
with the discursive and non-discursive practices of a given culture. In this regard, this study delimited M-E Girard's Girl Mans Up to
deconstruct the concept of 'the eternal feminine' by foregrounding the challenges of a teenage girl that she faces in order to subvert the
prescribed gender binary of girlhood and boyhood vis-a-vis a prescribed social hierarchy.
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