I view the idea that a man and a woman can’t be friends as just the height of sexism. You might as well just call women a vagina. It’s nonsense.
Preadolescence is awkward. The tween occupies a shifting space between the girl who has carefree adventures and the sexy teenager who angsts. It’s a phase that makes both parents and Hollywood executives uncomfortable: neither Drew Barrymore in “E.T.” nor Drew Barrymore in “Poison Ivy.”
“There have always been terrible social anxieties about the transition from girlhood to adolescence,” said Meenakshi Gigi Durham, an associate professor of media and women’s studies at the University of Iowa. “That’s why Judy Blume’s books were so controversial. They realistically engaged with the complexities of that age.”
Whereas the humiliations of preadolescence are fodder for comedy in male characters — the squeaking voice, the pimples, the delayed growth spurt — in girls it’s an age often avoided. Had Hermione Granger not been crucial to an eight-movie “Harry Potter” franchise, she surely wouldn’t have been showcased between schoolgirl and high schooler.
Even battling evil warlocks, when tween girls leave the page for the screen, they largely hew to an awkward caricature of preadolescence. They tend to be sassy beyond their years but at the same time resolutely presexual. They are usually tomboys. And often, as in the case of both the Nancy Drew and Judy Moody movies, they have more visible male friends than female ones.
how to make them Plump and Round
: Breasts that hang loose, and are of an extraordinary largeness, lose their charms, and have their Beauty buried in the grave of uncomeliness, whilst those that are small, plump and round, like two ivory globes, or little worlds of beauty, whereon Love has founded his Empire, command an awful homage from his vassals, captivate the wondering gazer’s eyes, and dart warm desires into his Soul, that make him languish and melt before the soft Temptation.
After the round we hit the 19th hole. Once again there was no beer, just lemonade. In fact there were NO alcoholic beverages at all. I thought to myself, “what did the Mormons buy this place too?” It was at that point that I heard the reason. Burning Tree is a “men’s club” exclusively. There are no women’s tees. In fact, women aren’t even allowed on the grounds. I’m not kidding. There’s a men’s locker room, no women’s. There are NO women’s bathrooms. If a woman were to wonder onto the course or into the pro shop, she’d be escorted away.
How does that tie into the missing alcohol? As it turns out the state of Maryland has been trying to get BT to change their policy … Maryland yanked Burning Tree’s liquor license and that’s way they only serve lemonade. They’d rather just drink lemonade than allow women.
Tony Korologos, “Burning Tree Club" The Golf Space, May 8, 2006
I’ve always thought I’m doomed to remain outside the halls of power because I’ve never played golf — and we all know no one makes any important deal anywhere but a golf course. I’ve sometimes thought I should try golfing just in case I’m ever important, but… y’know what they say about a good walk ruined.
Anyways, if I had a club, I wouldn’t use it play golf. But just say I did. And just say the state in which this club was based told me I couldn’t have a beer at my club unless I let some girls join my club.
Like… um… wouldn’t the obvious thing be for me to say to the state, Can’t I have the girls and the beer?
(And y’all I don’t mean “girls” in no “I’m gon’ get me some” kinda way; I mean that it’s even fun being around girls whom I don’t want to sleep with!)
Anyways, apparently the club chose the no-girls-and-no-beer option. Which really seems like a case of poor decision-making that does not reflect well on caliber of the gentlemen involved.
By the way, one of the gentlemen involved is U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. The residents of the district he represents include women, so I think it’s kind of bizarre that he’d tell half his constituents that he wouldn’t be in a club with them. Like, bizarre even beyond the choosing poorly in the beer-and-girls or no-beer-and-no-girls stakes.
Boehner’s membership isn’t news, but then again, it’s still extant. So. WTF is with that.
Also, one more lil nitpick. You know, if I were still a teen girl, I’d be pretty pissed that everyone kept accusing me of being a Justin Bieber fan. Can we all remember for a second that the majority of the Bieb’s fanbase is probably still in elementary school? I bet most teen girls hate Justin Bieber just as much as their male counterparts do.
This is a strange thing about the way people talk about teenage girls: popular opinion attributes to them the kind of thoughts most commonly held by, say… ten year old girls? Nine year olds? It’s that same weird infantilization that also results in the odd expectation that a teen pop star go from sexlessness to adulthood on her 18th birthday. Because 17 year old girls are supposed to think the same as nine year olds until adult men can have sex with them or something?
Anyway, click through and read a good conversation about how My Chemical Romance’s and Fall Out Boy’s teenage girl audience made them toxic to mainstream music critics. I think the folks talking about this are right to some extent, but they’re really ignoring the way emo has always been toxic to mainstream rock crit, even when its audience wasn’t so visibly female (though all the emo shows I’ve been to have had a higher than average female audience). There’s no reason to think emo would become critically acceptable just because it achieved mainstream popularity. Critics haven’t liked non-British popular rock bands since Kurt Cobain died. And they haven’t been about teenage shit for a long time either; it’s been all about what the college kids are into. Of course Fall Out Boy weren’t going to be critically acclaimed.