In both of the of the readings the issue of shame and poverty is brought up. Bambara mentions feeling it when told to enter the toy shop and Barbie talks about it when discussing her past. Specifically she speaks about finding shame in asking for help, telling secrets, as she calls it. Which prompts the question HOW do we get rid of that shame? One way is to continue to do nothing, pretend like it isn’t a contributing factor to the cycle of poverty. What about taking the Ms. Moore approach, in teaching the children about the world around them and how life and society in general isn’t fair and balanced. This might help, but what about those who haven’t been educated, who have been stuck for a long time? Perhaps taking away the stigma, that help doesn’t mean being weak or that you’re a failure. Although there is a small potential for those dishonest people to consider this an open invitation to abuse the system. Personally I think it’s a mix of all of these, educating, allowing those afflicted to be as self-sufficient as possible, and erasing the stigma that getting help means giving up. What do you think is there a way to eradicate shame?
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