5 things mean girls taught us about feminism

In a movie all about bitchiness and catfights, it’s hard to miss the underlying theme of GIRLPOWER. It’s hidden in the cracks but ultimately shines through which is just one of the reasons why this movie, even a decade on, is still an iconic gem. Also, it was written by Tina Fey, so there’s that too.

1. Many people are confused  about what feminism actually is.

When Gretchen says, ‘Ex-boyfriends are off-limits to friends. I mean, that’s just like, the rules of feminism,’ feminists shook their heads in despair. Feminism is the simple belief that women and men should be equal. But Gretchen was onto something. A major aspect of feminism is empowering and respecting other women. By ‘staying away’ from a close friends’ past love, we are helping form a stronger bond of respect and trust within the female community.

2. Slut-shaming is never okay.

Seriously though guys, Ms. Norbury was onto something. It’s hard enough living in a world filled with double standards, let alone fellow females adding to the girl hate! If we slut-shame other girls for sleeping with a person (or people) of their choice, it will make guys think that it’s okay to do the same.

3. We need to stop obsessing over our flaws.

We could all relate when Cady said, “I used to think there was just fat and skinny, but apparently there’s lots of things that can be wrong on your body.”  For some reason, when girls group together they feel the need to point out every little thing that is wrong with them – only for their friends to say something along the lines of, ‘bitch, you flawless.’ It’s some weird instant-validation type thing. Don’t get me wrong, I totally get it and I do it all the time but it shows the amount of pressure that females – and males – are under to look a certain way and conform to what the media thinks is ‘perfect’.

4. Do what you love.

YES. This is so important, even if especially if what you love isn’t something considered ‘cool’ or ‘feminine’. Whatever you choose to do, whether it be a mathematician, a CEO, a journalist, a doctor, a designer, a geneticist – the world will benefit from what you’ve got to give it.

5. Respect the Sisterhood.

Ultimately, Mean Girls showed us that when females encourage and support one another, we can basically do anything. Telling yourself, or people around you, that one person is in anyway ‘lesser’ than you doesn’t make you a better person at all – it does the complete opposite. If there’s one thing you take away from this post, let it be that by supporting the females in your life, you are empowering them to be the best versions of themselves.

L x

Like this? Try:

‘Like a Girl.’

A love letter to Elizabeth Bennet.


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