The Delicate Politics of Internet Parodies
I’m the first to admit it: I waste far too much time on the internet. But how can I resist, when there is so much fun stuff? Funny memes, articles galore, podcasts, Netflix, Hulu, Tumblr, and – of course – truly hilarious YouTube videos.
Which is why I was pumped when the Twitter Account Shit Girls Say started a webseries:
But then a ton of people on the Feminist interwebs seemed to get worked up about it. So I tried to reexamine the video over and over again, but all I could find were more things to giggle about. And then I realized why: it’s true. I didn’t mind it because it wasn’t saying anything unflattering about girls or women, just noting our speech patterns. If you ask me, the “girl” in the video comes off as respectful, fun, enthusiastic, and independent. She’s not catty or vindictive, she expresses displeasure at the sensation of shopping, and she crams chips in her mouth like the best of them.
Then I decided to take another look at my other favorite girl-parody youtube video, “Boys will be Girls”:
Which is partially one of my favorites because of the response, “Girls will be Boys”:
I love these because they’re also so true. I have done that food math before, had extreme emotional conversations with my friends at the drop of a hat; while my male friends just ignore any emotion or feeling and instead grunt at each other.
Of course, these are blanket generalizations about both genders. Just because I am a girl doesn’t mean that I count EVERY single calorie that goes into my body so obsessively, or that I scream EVERY time I see a friend. And just because you’re a guy doesn’t mean that you express ZERO emotion whatsoever. But I think we could all lighten up a bit and stop making things meant to be endearing mini-love letters to the ladies in the world out to be some huge political agenda.
Thoughts? Am I wrong? Right? So wrong that wrong is too weak of a word to describe it? So right you’re considering erecting a statue in the blogosphere of me standing victoriously?