Sometimes I start to think that I am not a “real” girl. I loathe makeup, I’d rather go in for a good, hard karate session than a pedicure, and don’t even get me started on Nicholas Sparks movies. Just. Ugh.
And then I realize what I’m saying and I kick myself in the face. Mentally, I mean. Because I’m buying into the silly teenage feminist idea that BEING A GIRL IS BAD. You see vapid, orange-tanned girls on TV and swooning at Twilight showings, and you tell yourself, I won’t be like them. You see girls shopping and buying pink clothes and think they’re somehow less intelligent than you are. You tell yourself that you’re not the same gender, that somehow you are better than being A Real Girl.
For instance: Lady Gaga is a feminist. And totally badass. But you don’t see her eschewing all things girly because of what she believes. Lady Gaga knows what I wish I could always remember: lipstick, fishnets, and pretty dresses make you no less strong. She puts on some ridiculous and gorgeous lace-and-leather concoction, gets on stage, and sings about being a free bitch and finding your freedom in the music (find your Jesus, find your Kubrick!) River Tam from Firefly chopped Reavers to bite-size bits in a skirt (and in a matter of seconds!) Sailor Moon saved the world by moonlight and worried about her looks, the boy she liked, and her friendship by daylight. Being traditionally girly and kicking ass? So not mutually exclusive.
So the next time I throw on whatever’s clean, look in my mirror at my short hair and lack of glitter lip gloss, and grab my karate uniform, I won’t think “I’m not a real girl.”
I will look myself in the eye and say “I am a girl, and damn fucking proud of it.”
A friend of mine recently informed me about an incident where British scenester and alt-heartthrob Oli Sykes (the emo-haired, tattoo-covered frontman of hardcore screamo band Bring Me The Horizon) tried to get a girl to sleep with him. Now, there are many girls who would give an arm and a leg to have intimate relations with such a well-known celebrity, but this particular girl turned him down. (Probably because she didn’t want to get chlamydia. I’m just sayin’.) And instead of moving on to the next hot girl with a shrug of his shoulder, or even going home and jacking off to On-Demand porn, this charming man decides to PISS ON HER.
YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT.
HE. PISSED. ON. HER.
And where was the outrage from the band’s fans when this happened? Nowhere, actually. They were too busy making Facebook groups titled “I wish Oli would pee on me too!” and such. I wish I were making this up.
And why did he get away with this? Oh, right, because he’s a good-looking, popular celebrity.
This happens a lot. Korean pop star Jay Park, formerly of 2PM, was kicked out of the chart-topping boy band because of homophobic and racist comments made on his MySpace. Fangirls? Still standing up for him and trying to justify what he said. And according to rumors now circulating the Japanese entertainment community Arama They Didn’t, Nishikido Ryo recently kicked a girl he was wooing out of their taxi because she didn’t want to sleep with him. Predictable, ATD’s comments weren’t the most… enlightened things ever:
Oh lmfao. Ryo I love everything about you and your life. Fierce he is fierce.
How dare she turn down the Nishikido peen. Ho obviously had it coming.
This makes me love my Ryo-chan even more ) I’m not surprised even a tiny bit!
I just… Ugh. I can’t think of an intelligent way to finish this post. So I’ll see you again when I get back from punching babies and kicking adorable puppies. >8(