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S: A Walk Through The Generations

FC: A Walk Through The Generations By: Sophie Toth

1: Table of Contents | Chapter 1 Interview with Rebeca Toth .............................2 Chapter 2 Interview with Brittany Montalvan......8 Chapter 3 Interview with Sophie Toth .............................14 Conclusion..................................................................20

2: Rebeca Montalvan Toth Born in 1961 Age 50

3: 1. Nowadays most kids are indoors, playing video games, watching TV. How much time did you spend outdoors in your youth? Examples? When I was a child after school I would spend probably about 3 to 4 hours outside. And on weekends I would spend all day outside, we would go around and catch bugs, climb trees and stuff, I would play with my animals – my dogs, my rubber ball. There was very little time watching TV maybe an hour, sometimes not at all. 2. Do you believe in gender roles such as: The women stay home, cook, and take care of children while the men go out and work and “bring home the bacon”? Why do you feel that way? I like the idea of those gender roles. Because I think its better for moms to stay home with their kids, and cook for their husbands. But I do like it and I think kids came out better that way. I would be much happier doing that if I could. But I don’t think women are supposed to be that way, they should be able to have a career, but I think if they choose to have kids its better for them to mother them at home. 3. Peer pressure is a huge part of most people’s childhoods. When you were a teenager were did you feel pressured by your peers to ever change your style of clothing, commit a crime, or do drugs? | Chapter 1

4: Yes, yes, and yes. I was kind of my own person but I did have the pressure to, for instance try cigarettes, and alcohol. The pressure came from my sister really to shoplift sometimes. But when it came to clothes I liked to dress with my own style. 4. What would you say motivates you most when you are doing a task? Basically, I want to know that I’m doing the best job possible. I like knowing that whoever i'm helping is happy with the job I did. I like feeling like I helped someone, or just did the job good, and did it right. I always give it 110% whenever I do something for me or someone else. 5. Many people believe that conformity is a part of human nature. Others believe it is completely psychological. Do you or did you ever feel the need to “conform” to society in order to fit in and feel safe? Example? Yeah, I think you do want to fit in to feel safe. They don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb, rather than fight the urge to be different. It is hard work to deal with not fitting in. I don’t think my values would ever change though. (Sophie asks the sub-question: if you were in Nazi Germany, and you obviously didn’t like what was going on, would you pretend to be like them

5: to save yourself, or would you keep your values and possibly risk your own safety?) Well, no those are different, like I said my values wouldn’t change. I might act to be that way, so I wouldn’t be exposed, but I might act to survive. But I would never actually give up my values. 6. Do you think someone who is different, for example a gay couple in conservative Texas, would have to change their lifestyle if they wanted to be a part of that society or should they be allowed to do whatever they want and still be a part of society? Yeah, I think they would have to stay away from everyone, or pretend to not be a couple in public, because there would be no way for them to fit in. I think they would just have to, they wouldn’t have any other choice. Because society is fitting in. And people who don’t cant be a part of that. 7. Would you say that your parents were: Authoritarian – Controlling, Makes all household decisions alone, Handled problems with anger, believe disobedience is a sin, Possibly abusive. Democratic – Takes child’s opinion into account when making decisions. Generally fair. Permissive – Lets the child make decisions, always does what the kid wants. Uninvolved – Parent not really present most of the time. Child does whatever they want.

6: And What would you say made them this kind of parent? Authoritarian, definitely. I think they were raised to believe that the man was the leader of the house, that was just a generational thing. The children were not allowed to speak their opinions. They never took our opinions into account when making any decisions. Children were “seen but not heard”. They believed that kids were not important they were just furniture in the house. We were just there. 8. When deciding what kind of person you wanted to be, did you take your parent’s lifestyle into account? Did you ever feel like you wanted to be like them, or not like them at all? I definitely did. I took everything they were and wanted to be the opposite of them. I wanted nothing of me, to be like them. But I think some things are just ingrained into your personality because of how they raised you. I picked up some of their bad traits and they stuck with me, even though I didn’t want them to. 9. Have you ever thought about getting older (closer to death) and how you would handle it? Do you think you would go through the stages of dying such as denial, anger, depression, bargaining, acceptance? Or would you dwell more on one of those feelings?

7: I haven’t really thought about being that old. I never thought I would even be this old now. When it’s my time I’m going to be ready to go, I had a good time and it’s not a big deal. I would be accepting of the whole situation. I mean, getting old that’s part of it, death is a part of life and I’m okay with that. 10. Our brains are not fully developed in the frontal lobe until we are 25. That is the part of the brain for impulses and instinct. As a teenager did you ever have trouble controlling your impulses? Example? Oh yeah all the time. My impulses were usually with anger, I didn’t really think before I acted. My reactions had physical responses, often in the form of fights. But I never had a problem spending money to quick, or anything like that. I was really responsible with other things. On certain things I was super impulsive and on other things I wasn’t. But overall, yes.

8: Brittany Montalvan Born in 1986 Age 25

9: 1. Nowadays most kids are indoors, playing video games, watching TV. How much time did you spend outdoors in your youth? Examples? I probably spent every day outside after school. And would come in for dinner. I would ride bikes, have water balloon fights, play flash light tag. Played in the canyon, and climbed trees. I Played in the park with my friends until the sun went down. 2. Do you believe in gender roles such as: The women stay home, cook, and take care of children while the men go out and work and “bring home the bacon”? Why do you feel that way? No, I believe in whatever choice the individual person wants to make. I think everyone should be equal in life. Because in this day and age it is time to throw those 50’s ideals out the window. Because gender roles are mostly unfair to women. 3. Peer pressure is a huge part of most people’s childhoods. When you were a teenager were did you feel pressured by your peers to ever change your style of clothing, commit a crime, or do drugs? | Chapter 2

10: Yes, yes, and yes. I had major peer pressure. My friends influenced me to get in trouble most of the time. My friends pressured me into dressing more provocatively, to ditch school, smoke weed, but never hard drugs, also alcohol. Sometimes we would go out and shoplift together. It was a time where I would do whatever they said. 4. What would you say motivates you most when you are doing a task? What motivates me is to do whatever would make life easier. Taking care of my baby is to make things better for him and so he is healthy and doesn’t grow up to be a druggie. Making sure everyone is happy and healthy. And if the task makes things better for me as well I will be motivated to do it. 5. Many people believe that conformity is a part of human nature. Others believe it is completely psychological. Do you or did you ever feel the need to “conform” to society in order to fit in and feel safe? Example? Yes I did conform to fit in high school to feel safe and have friends. I dressed the same, talked the same, did whatever they did and vice versa. To make sure we had our group and weren't loners was a very important thing at that time that made me feel accepted.

11: 6. Do you think someone who is different, for example a gay couple in conservative Texas, would have to change their lifestyle if they wanted to be a part of that society or should they be allowed to do whatever they want and still be a part of society? They should be allowed to. But if they were really flamboyant they would be ridiculed. But if they don’t want to be bothered than they would have to change. But I think they should be able to do what they want no matter what. Because this is supposed to be the place where we are free, so anyone should be able to do what they want and live like they want. 7. Would you say that your parents were: Authoritarian – Controlling, Makes all household decisions alone, Handled problems with anger, believe disobedience is a sin, Possibly abusive. Democratic – Takes child’s opinion into account when making decisions. Generally fair. Permissive – Lets the child make decisions, always does what the kid wants. Uninvolved – Parent not really present most of the time. Child does whatever they want. What would you say made them this kind of parent?

12: Democratic with authoritarian - anger was used by my mom if we made her mad she would snap, and everything had to be perfect or everything went bad fast. But sometimes our dad would step in and we would get talked to about what we did, it was not angry or anything it was calm. He was fair, our opinions were taken into account most of the time. 8. When deciding what kind of person you wanted to be, did you take your parent’s lifestyle into account? Did you ever feel like you wanted to be like them, or not like them at all? I always said I never wanted to be like my mom when she was always angry. And I wanted to be more like my father with his parenting style. I want to be a good person who treats their kids well, I would never want to scream at my child. I want to be the mom that kids are proud of. 9. Have you ever thought about getting older (closer to death) and how you would handle it? Do you think you would go through the stages of dying such as denial, anger, depression, bargaining, acceptance? Or would you dwell more on one of those feelings? I would probably be feeling ultimate doom. I have always been afraid of dying since I was little. I don’t think that will change. I have feared death intensely since I can remember. I am not looking forward to that time.

13: 10. Our brains are not fully developed in the frontal lobe until we are 25. That is the part of the brain for impulses and instinct. As a teenager did you ever have trouble controlling your impulses? Example? Yes, I had trouble controlling my emotions. I would start crying and screaming without ever thinking. It affected my relationship with my parents because of the way I acted. I would lie without thinking and always get in a lot of trouble. That was one big part of my teenage years that I wish I could have changed.

14: Sophie Toth Born in 1994 Age 17

15: 1. Nowadays most kids are indoors, playing video games, watching TV. How much time did you spend outdoors in your youth? Examples? When I was about 6 I was already using computers. I played a lot of games on there and when I got a little older we got a playstation and I played that thing everyday. Sometimes in the summer we would go swimming and stuff like that. But I didn’t really leave my house too much, mostly because of the neighborhood. After we moved to Descanso I played outside a lot more and by the time I was in middle school I pretty much stayed inside. 2. Do you believe in gender roles such as: The women stay home, cook, and take care of children while the men go out and work and “bring home the bacon”? Why do you feel that way? No. I think that gender roles are ridiculous and shouldn’t exist anymore in this modern society. I think if anything that those roles oppress women, keep them working at home, cooking dinner, and never being able to get ahead in society. Even today men and women aren’t equals, and that is just backwards. 3. Peer pressure is a huge part of most people’s childhoods. When you were a teenager were did you feel pressured by your peers to ever change your style of clothing, commit a crime, or do drugs? | Chapter 3

16: I saw a lot of peer pressure by the time I got to middle school. There were so many trends going around and pressure to look like everyone else. But I never felt it myself, I always looked different and dressed different than most of the girls. I didn’t really ever give in to that peer pressure. 4. What would you say motivates you most when you are doing a task? When I am doing something I would say my greatest motivation is how it would benefit me. If I am going to do something for myself I really give it my all. But if it is for someone else, I still try but honestly not as hard. My motivation is to do well, and make sure that everyone knows I’m good at what I do. Basically, to prove my awesomeness. 5. Many people believe that conformity is a part of human nature. Others believe it is completely psychological. Do you or did you ever feel the need to “conform” to society in order to fit in and feel safe? Example? I recognize the need to conform, I think it is always in the back of our minds. But I have always been one to be an outcast, anti conformist. I feel like I don’t want to be part of the herd of sheep. I want to be my own person, who does my own thing. I have always felt better about myself when I feel unique.

17: 6. Do you think someone who is different, for example a gay couple in conservative Texas, would have to change their lifestyle if they wanted to be a part of that society or should they be allowed to do whatever they want and still be a part of society? I think if you don’t conform to norms such as fashion, that you wont fit in but it would be pretty much okay. You might get made fun of every once in a while but it would be not a big deal. But when it comes to lifestyle that is different. People who have different lifestyles like gay couples - they are the ones who get singled out. They should be allowed to do whatever they want, but society sees them as different and wrong, so sometimes they don’t fit in to society but I think you should be allowed to be however you want. 7. Would you say that your parents were: Authoritarian – Controlling, Makes all household decisions alone, Handled problems with anger, believe disobedience is a sin, Possibly abusive. Democratic – Takes child’s opinion into account when making decisions. Generally fair. Permissive – Lets the child make decisions, always does what the kid wants. Uninvolved – Parent not really present most of the time. Child does whatever they want. And What would you say makes them this kind of parent?

18: My parents are democratic. They always take my opinion into account when we make family decisions. If I ever get punished (which is next to never) my parents always ask me what a fair punishment might be. Sometimes authoritarian is sprinkled in, my mom has more that quality. But thats only sometimes. 8. When deciding what kind of person you wanted to be, did you take your parent’s lifestyle into account? Did you ever feel like you wanted to be like them, or not like them at all? I definitely took in both of my parents personalities growing up, deciding who I way to be. I was born with my own personality but I believe it was shaped by the way my father is. I think his philosophy and way he deals with things is something that I have always liked and have adapted into my own personality. 9. Have you ever thought about getting older (closer to death) and how you would handle it? Do you think you would go through the stages of dying such as denial, anger, depression, bargaining, acceptance? Or would you dwell more on one of those feelings? I think if I was just dying of old age I would probably handle it with depression. Just because I wouldn’t want life to be over. Because since I’m not religious I feel like life ends when it ends. I think if I had some sort

19: of hope for an afterlife that I wouldn’t care. But if it was premature death I would definitely handle it with panic. 10. Our brains are not fully developed in the frontal lobe until we are 25. That is the part of the brain for impulses and instinct. As a teenager did you ever have trouble controlling your impulses? Example? Being a teenager now I can tell you that I have trouble controlling impulses mostly when I’m angry. If I’m mad there is almost no controlling it. Other than that I’m pretty good about controlling myself. Example would be when I got so angry that I almost kicked a hole in my door.

20: I have learned a lot through this experiment. I really realized how different someones ideology can be just because of a generational difference. Out of the three ladies interviewed here the answers vary so much. One was from the 1960's the other the 1980's and the other the 1990's. One can tell that the further back you go the more the opinions get "traditional" and more "conservative". I think that no matter how far into the future we get, there will always be a philosophical, generational gap. The opinions will always change, the times will always be changing. I think it is also just human nature that we | Conclusion

21: never agree. People are always debating everything that comes up. I think in this generation, we are waiting for the baby boomers and earlier to be gone. They are the only ones left here that have such right wing, ultra-conservative views, the people that have been oppressing other people for too long now. Of course it isn't wrong that they have those ideas. It just doesn't go along with the forward momentum that our generation right now has. I believe that this generation is one of the best so far, because so many of us are open to new things. There are so many "modern hippies" trying to help out our planet, which is good because we really need it right now. This generation is making the future we all want to work towards.

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  • Title: A Walk Through The Generations
  • The philosophy and beliefs of three generations.
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