I created the Melissa Project with the intent to provoke internal questioning. Can society truly define what is appropriate for an individual based solely on their age? It has been claimed that individuals are molded by both nature and nurture. However, is there a definitive turning point in a person’s life transitioning them from childhood to adult? What makes these two worlds so entirely different? People have a very distinct definition of adulthood. In this stage of life it is presumed that individuals have learned to handle and assume responsibility. That there are understandings of fears and techniques have been established to deal with them on a more mature level. Adults are thought to recognize and labor with the anxieties and pressures of the real world by rationalization and the wisdom that comes with maturity. An adult has ascertained a set of values and a moral code of conduct that fits into their social structure. They have molded themselves to neatly blend in to their world. It is only when societies set images are disturbed by irregular values and norms are the masses made to feel uncomfortable and awkward. What is viewed as odd or disturbing can be linked to the disruption of the moral code ingrained both in the observer as well as the participating individual.


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