Shit Girls Say: Sexist Or Just Plain Silly?December 14, 2011 4 Comments
“First of all, ew.”
“Do you know anything about computers?”
“Could you do me a huge favour?”
These are just a couple examples of the Shit Girls Say. The idea behind this popular Twitter feed has been turned into a YouTube video now gone viral.
I know, it’s hard to deny. Women do say shit like this sometimes.
Then again, some of it’s open to everyone — not just women. All of us have asked someone to read something over, asked for a favour, complained, and wondered whether we locked the door or not.
But the controversy surfaces with the generalizations that it makes about women and how they communicate with others. They’re computer illiterate, they scream when they see one of their girlfriends, they’re consumed with their looks, and they have an all-around flair for dramatics.
As much as we don’t want to perpetuate stereotypes, it’s supposed to be funny. Generalizations can lead us into dangerous territory, but comedy often uses stereotypes to speak about — and poke fun at — our shared experience.
Some of it’s word vomit, a result of contagious yet fun phrases like “As if!” after Clueless came out, but it also seems pretty accurate. The anonymous Shit Girls Say tweeter makes a point to retweet things women have actually said. Sometimes it’s celebrities like Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian and other times it’s just regular women.
Maybe it’s not so bad that women have their own unique lingo. We may shriek in delight when we see our best friend. So what? Instead of taking it offensively, we could stand united and own it.
Megan Gibson of Time says she would “love to see a video response of S— Guys Say.” Why not? It would be just as amusing. Surely both genders can be equal targets.
Some of it may be extreme and stereotypical, but it’s coming from a lighthearted and playful place. We all know each individual has a ton of unique and insightful things to say. So feel free to laugh when you remember hearing some of this “shit.”
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