What better way to honor the 10-year anniversary of Tina Fey’s sensation, “Mean Girls,” than by acknowledging the very real truth behind the theme? Whether you’re 14 or 24, there is no denying that sometimes, girl-world can be rough.
From male-induced drama, to body-image insecurity, few females are strangers to the classic scenarios portrayed throughout the movie — or at least the ones that don’t involve making out with a hot dog. As Ms. Norbury famously recognized, when it comes to the everyday-happenings of the female population, “there’s been some girl-on-girl crime here.”
So, in the spirit of Tina Fey’s ironically insightful commentary on female engagement, check out these five “girl-on-girl crimes” every Gen-Y chick needs to stop committing.
Kill Count Criticism
Live and let live. Whether you’re waiting for marriage or openly experimenting with your sexuality, your number is no one’s business but your own. The important thing is you're being true to yourself — and if that’s the case, then the details surrounding what other women choose to do should be entirely inconsequential.
It’s time we start applauding one another for embracing the financial, educational, professional and sexual independence we've rightfully earned and stop tearing down those who choose different paths.
If we want guys to stop defining females physically, we have to be willing to play by the same rules. Calling another girl ugly or fat, regardless of reasoning or excuses, does more than just add to the problem — it perpetuates the problem. Respecting someone else enough to avoid those stereotypical blows doesn't mean you have to like her, it simply means that you are a strong enough human to value the right every woman has to feel beautiful, un-judged and secure.
Deserting A Fellow Female In Need
Love her or hate her, it is never okay to purposely abandon another girl who is clearly in need. Whether she’s fumbling through a bar and can’t stand (let alone get herself home), or desperately needs a tampon, purposely avoiding an opportunity to help is wrong.
There is no need for us to take on an “us against the world” mentality in categorizing the girlfriends we have versus the rest of the women who make up the female population. We’re not all going to be best friends, but is genuine civility really too much to ask?
No matter what feelings you have that help you to justify a decision to meddle, remember that it is always better to be the chick people can trust rather than the one who will jump on an opportunity to sabotage. It’s a tired cliché — and we are all better than that. Besides, if he does it with you, what makes you think he won’t do it to you? Karma shows no mercy, just saying.
Sneering At Another’s Success
There is nothing worse than a woman who is unwilling to give credit where credit is due. And while it is not the intention of this article to read too much like a feminist rant, it is hard to deny the fact that our gender has worked its collective butt off to fill seats in classrooms and boardrooms alike. But even with that said, we need to remember that success is a subjective thing.
It is measured differently by each and every one of us, and that’s okay. For some, fulfillment will come in the form of a 401 K, while for others, it will be achieved during the birth of a first child.
Regardless of what makes us most proud, it is important that we celebrate the efforts and endeavors of other women, especially if they are dissimilar from our own. After all, conquering every facet of the world only makes us stronger when united.