Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Essay

1012 Words Apr 25th, 2013 5 Pages
Connie is a young fifteen year old who cares about her sexual drive that men have toward her. “The 1960s unleashed the so called sexual revolution. It seemed more a source of comic relief and tragic nostalgic recirculation than political inspiration…” This revolution consisted of women demanding their own rights so they could become more and more independent. There were significant shifts in social attitudes, behaviors, and institutional regulations at the beginning of the 60’s and also lasted through the 70’s. The sexual drive increased majorly and the amount of women that had sex before marriage also sky rocketed. In Where Are you Going, Where Have You Been, Connie wants sexual attention from men, and that hurts her self-confidence and …show more content…
Connie is doing a lot to her image to create the “woman” look that she wants all the men to be attracted to. She does this by changing her outward appearance. Connie creates her adult persona by her fixing her hair, wearing makeup, and the way she dresses a lot older for someone her age. Connie also Experiments with her sexuality by sneaking around and going out with boys. She is experimenting with guys much older than she is so she can be “experienced.” She thinks her skills that she is so skilled with flirting that she can handle any situation that she comes into contact with. She goes out with her friends but rather sneaks off to the alley and goes to the diner. That helps boost her self-confidence and her sexual drive. It also helps her fantasy of becoming an adult real, and makes her childhood disappear. This is one of the things that Connie does ties in with the theme of the search for independence.
With Connie thinking she is an expert at flirting and that she is a mature woman, she puts herself in many uncomfortable situations, including one with a man named Arnold Friend. Being the “women” she is, she first feels confident when Arnold comes up to the door. Connie does notice Arnold’s hair may be a wig, that his tan is the result of makeup, and that his boots must have been stuffed with something so that he would seem taller. Though the veracity of these observations is never proven, they reveal

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