Ok, Facebook. I get that you need to make a living by selling ads, and I get that you think you know what I want to read as a 16-year-old girl.
That, I can understand.
However, what I don’t understand is what the hell you are thinking advertising an article such as the one below to me, a simple teenage girl that you are automatically suggesting this to:
Seriously? There are so many things wrong with this picture. Let’s start simple: the headline.
“10 ‘Girly’ Things That Your BF Wants You to Ditch.”
First of all, ‘girly’? I mean, after all, I am a girl……who is girly. Is this news to you? That girls are girly? Is it against the rules for a GIRL to be GIRLy? Because let me tell you, we definitely are. We even have other qualities to us, like intelligence and kindness, it’s great!
Also, do you feel like you’re cool and relatable using the term “BF” because please hold my hair as a BarF.
By the way, if my “BF” wants me to ditch something, why do you think I want to hear it from your stupid article? I would much prefer if he could notify me of the things he wanted me to “ditch” so I could deliver this heated message in person all over again.
What else is wrong with this picture? Well, what about the picture within a picture? You chose to use an image of Taylor Swift, a role model to thousands of teenage girls and figure of girl-empowerment. I can’t believe that you would use an image of her to lure young and dotting girls to click on your article that actually has the intentions of training them to live by what boys like and don’t like. Not only is that just a horrible misrepresentation, but I can guarantee someone as empowered as Taylor Swift would never tolerate such a thing.
If you still are not moved by what I have to say, let’s dive right into the actual article. Here are some of the “girly trends” that you claim boys do not like and I should therefore never be seen in:
So, basically, I should wear nothing that has been in style at any point in time, nothing that gets in between me and a boy touching me, and nothing that could in the farthest reach be masculine.
Since I live to please and only to please boys, I decided to purchase this new outfit for me to wear everyday:
But, don’t worry. I’ll make sure to adjust the chest to give just the right amount of cleavage and remove the head piece so my guy can reach me whenever he wants! So chic!
In all seriousness, I think this is a complete outrage. I am getting suggested to read this due to the age and sex that I have in my Facebook profile–meaning I am not the only one receiving this notification.
Why do we live in a society that economically thrives on young girl’s insecurities and self-doubt?
We weren’t always like this. I didn’t come out of the womb politely asking the doctor to trim my umbilical cord in such a fashion that “boys like.” Society and the media trains girls into believing that in order to have a “BF” or to be liked they need to make themselves look a certain way for other people, typically boys.
On the flip side, I know that most boys reading this article are confused on who the hell is saying that they think this–it’s crazy. Boys should not be used as the token for an obedient girl by a website trying to score views on an article–it just makes boys look bad.
Why is this happening? It is so unbelievably sexist and unacceptable.