Sex, Drugs, and "the way women live today"

How females go about their lives is a pretty broad topic, but according to a film by Catherine Hardwicke, "Thirteen" was said to be "A razor sharp portrait of the way women live now" (Karen Durbin-Elle). Throughout the film, the audience learns about one thirteen-year-old girl and her relationship with her mother. The daughter, Tracy Freeland, puts her mother "to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend, "Evie (http://nikkireedfan.com/nikki/biography/). All girls becoming women do not deal with parent issues, drugs, and sex first hand but it is a reoccurring theme in the surroundings and lives of many teens.
I would like to argue that the film is not a depiction of the" way women live now" but instead, a glimpse into the lives of some very troubled teens and the struggles they have faced. The movie is actually based on a true story of the life of Nikki Reed who stars as Evie but Reed's teenage self is played by Evan Rachel Wood , as the main character Tracy. Other teenagers with similar situations in both Reed's and Hardwicke's lives are also composites of the main characters.
Why such a negative view of woman and how they live now? I would like to tie this to the reading "Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness." Women are still considered "defective," as viewed in this film in which critics are calling a "razor sharp portrait of the way women live now." This movie shows a very negative side of the way in which women live. Can anyone explain why this has become "the way"?

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