Try to name one thing that girls can like and won’t get made fun of for it. Harder than you think right? Teenage girls aren’t allowed to have any sort of interest in anything without being ridiculed for it or turned into a stereotype for the world to make fun of (lianx037). If a girl uses hydro flasks and scrunchies, she’s a “VSCO girl,” but if she likes oversized hoodies and beanies she’s a “bruh girl.” If she wears makeup and dresses up she’s trying too hard, but if she doesn’t she’s lazy and ugly. It seems as if no matter what girls do, their interests will be considered ridiculous.
This is not unique to just teenage girls either. Women aren’t taken seriously, no matter their age. They are overlooked and undermined in work, the media, their personal interests, etc (Grindell). There has been research done that shows that women work harder than men at their jobs, but are not noticed for their efforts (Muller-Heyndyk). Women are also paid significantly less than men. This just shows that the ridicule that teenage girls receive is also received by adult women. Women are very rarely recognized for their hard work and are viewed as objects who can be easily taken advantage of.
I think that this stems from the ever present idea that women exist for men – that everything they do is for men or to get a man’s attention. This leads to people believing that women aren’t genuine in their interests. The world believes and has believed for many years that women pretend to like things to get a man to like them, which makes it easy to make fun of a girl’s interests even if this is not necessarily the case. The world does not realize that this can negatively affect teen girls, especially because they are still developing. Instead of bashing a girl for her interests, we should be encouraging her to express herself in whatever way she wants.
Grindell, Samantha. “People Love to Write off Teenage Girls. Here’s Why They’re Dead Wrong.” Insider, Insider, 19 Jan. 2020, www.insider.com/teenage-girls-influence-popular-culture-2019-11.
lianx037. “Why Are We Making Fun of Girls for Everything?” University of Minnesota Women’s Center Blog, 15 Apr. 2016, mnwomenscenter.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/why-are-we-making-fun-of-girls-for-everything/.
Muller-Heyndyk, Rachel. “Women Work Harder but Progress Less at Work.” HR Magazine, www.hrmagazine.co.uk/content/news/women-work-harder-but-progress-less-at-work.