Girls are pretty, too

  • Sofia Blankman

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis (MFA)


“Girls Are Pretty, Too” is the writer’s journey of figuring out who she is and part of a larger project that focuses mostly on the personal memoir instead of essay topics that will be added in future parts. From her rough childhood to the growing pains of university, the author learns to accept who she is by first accepting her sexuality. This piece discusses topics of verbal and emotional abuse from a parent, the sometimes toxic and contradictory teachings of the Catholic church, and how the connections between friends and families can shape, repress, and nurture someone’s identity. Written in mostly first person—with a few difficult moments written in third—this work is incredibly honest and unflinching in delving deep into difficult subjects while also elevating some tension with a few comedic moments.
Date of Award13 Jun 2023
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of St Andrews
SupervisorOliver Roy Hazzard (Supervisor)


  • Sexuality
  • Non-fiction
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Coming out
  • Queer
  • Bisexuality
  • Family
  • Relationships
  • Identity

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