Not That Kind of Girl

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No, this is not a book review of Not That Kind of Girl by What’s-Her-Name-White-Feminist Lena Dunham. While we're on the topic of things that bring criticism and rock the boat on social media sites, let's name another thing that could fall under that category: misogynistic jokes on social media.
   There are 140 characters tweets about high school procrastination and those oddly funny Tumblr stories on social anxiety. Many teens follow these accounts to bring some dosage of wit and relativity when scrolling down their feeds and dashes. Once in a while, a few Starbucks and Lululemon jokes slamming white girls show up, and few people question it. Jokes targeted at girls for being indecisive and being unable to 'even', and people retweet these, being able to laugh about it. But to what degree are these "jokes" is too far?
   Twitter accounts such as MeninistTweets and Male Thoughts earn thousands of favorites and retweets for their absolutely hurtful and discriminating tweets. The social norm for teens these days can range anywhere from "if it's on social media, it's what is right and absolute." This notion can be applied to both ends of the social justice awareness spectrum from driven 'social justice warriors' to those who think it's hilarious to pick girls apart.
   As a high school student, it's definitely a common thing to hear boys comment demeaning things about a girl's body — no doubt about it. But also, the hard truth of being a teenager is no matter deep down how much we disagree, there's a part of us that's afraid to speak up. Maybe it's that we're afraid that the rude things people say will be turned on us, or speaking up isn't necessarily our forte.

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Again, as a high school student, it's almost obvious how perceptible girls are to petty comments and bullying from our own gender. It can be a quick whisper about someone's body to a friend in the locker room or gossiping about the intimate details of another girl's personal life. Anything that is said or done with the possible or sole intention of hurting a girl is considered girl-hate. It's so simple to say yes to girl-love: a quick comment on how good a friend looks, complimenting a girl's jokes or achievements, etc.
   Through the flames of misogyny, accounts on Twitter and Tumblr publish art and informative info-graphics that provide readers a deeper insight on the meaning of being a feminist.
   In the past few months, trends such as #YesAllWomen have been started to raise awareness to the struggles women face. The media often portrays feminism as a brash and all-male hating notion that often makes other girls turn their noses away. Is that what feminism is about? No. Feminism is a notion that believes that no gender is superior to the other, and equality is important for all.
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   Since when did a 'hoe' go from a farming tool to a casual adjective to direct at any girl who shows anything below her chin in a picture? This practice must be stopped.
Accounts like these claim to be 'parody' and 'sarcastic', but honestly, if anyone wants to laugh at parody, go watch some SNL or something. The rudimentary rights of being a woman are something at which should not be taken for humor under any circumstances. Enjoying feminine activities, such as drinking your favorite blended beverages or going shopping does not degrade your gender anymore than people think it does.
   And not that type of girl? Does going against typical feminine fashions and activities make you less of a female?  Does enjoying these activities make you less of a female, as well? No. If there was not a type of girl for you to be, it would be the type of girl that takes shit from anyone who looks down on you for going against gender roles.

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