It’s about time someone’s mentioned it right? For years Hollywood movies and tv shows have always portrayed femininity in a bad form. It’s strange to think that a specific color and style can irritate many people and have them convinced that it looks ridiculous right? The thought behind being girly and feminine isn’t an issue what’s an issue is how it’s illustrated in the media.
Gender stereotypes have ruled for decades, there were always things that were made for men and things that were made for women. Like the color pink, wearing makeup, wearing dresses and skirts etc. This is what is considered feminine and what many people believed is how all women should be. Obviously not every woman wants to wear makeup or high heels or ball gowns but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing to like all of those things. There’s really nothing wrong with loving pink and being girly and feminine. The ‘girly girl’ trope was always made to bring down women and portrayed them as shallow, dense and dumb. Then comes the ‘not like the other girls’ trope that basically means the complete opposite of being feminine like not dressing up or getting your hair and makeup done and liking more ‘masculine’ things.
Let’s be honest this really has to do with internalized misogyny. Like why would these women bring down other other who love being feminine just to try and be more ‘different.’ These girls particularly just want some form of male validation, and it’s honestly very sad how they want to mock feminine women in order to get men to like them. They will often get praised by men because they’re being misogynistic and prejudice towards other women. I don’t really think they’re the ones to blame, since a lot of the movies we’ve seen, the main girl (that usually gets the guy) comes off as basic and doesn’t like to have a lot of friends who are girls because she likes to feel like ‘one of the guys’. And in those same movies they usually turn the girly girl to be seen as ‘high maintenance’ or ‘shallow’ and just focuses on her looks instead of showing that she can also be smart, wise and intellectual. This mentality is so bizarre it’s really engraved into their heads if we’re being honest. And it’s really a shame how being girly is often seen as a weakness or seen as superficial, but it’s not true there’s nothing wrong with being feminine and delicate and you’re not forcing a gender stereotype.
Take Elle Woods for example, one of my favorite characters of all time and an iconic one in my opinion. This movie is perfect because it proves that feminine women are also powerful and intelligent and that they’re more than just pretty girls who love wearing pink and dressing up. This movie also used a blonde girl from Beverly Hills now normally people would expect her to be shallow and mean but she’s hardworking and career driven. She was always herself and she didn’t let anyone try to change her. And that’s what everyone should remember.
Daphne Blake is also a good role model, I love seeing a girly girl who’s smart and can also kick ass! I feel like every girl growing up who loved fashion loved daphne not only did she have great style but she could also solve crimes!
Another one of my favorites Miss Sharpay Evans! A career driven, hard working go- getter who took no for an answer. I never understood why she was the villain when all she did was go for the big opportunities and go for the spotlight that she wanted and that she worked hard for. Not to mention the way she was getting Troy so many opportunities and scholarships and he still went for Gabriella?! She deserved better. Once again a mediocre man will still pick a basic girl over the fancy one because she’s considered more ‘simple’ it’s ridiculous.
I want every girl to understand that it’s really okay to be into the girly princess type aesthetic, there’s literally nothing wrong with that. Liking pink and being all feminine isn’t a weakness and it doesn’t make you look dumb. And if you’re a woman who’s not into those certain things, then that’s okay too it’s not strange but what’s strange is trying so hard to be different and dragging other women for liking those things. We can all agree that we’re women and we should just feel free to like whatever we want to like without being judged or ridiculed for it. Femininity is what you make of it, it’s in us all, you’re not less of a woman if you don’t wear makeup or if you don’t dress the same way that other women do.
xoxo, L 💋
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