God Karen You’re So Stupid

It is usually assumed that most of our generation has seen, if not memorized, the movie “Mean Girls”.  This movie is a drastic and over dramatized version of how girls act towards each other in the high school setting. Girls are easily jealous of each other and are commonly talking about, or judging, one another behind their back. “Mean Girls” is an example of how the standpoint teenage girls have on each other, is disturbing and cruel.

Girls excessively judge other girls by using harsh terms such as “whore” or “slut”, without blinking, but if a boy calls a girl by a derogatory name, he is automatically a bad guy. In the movie, Tina Fey’s character tells the girls they need to stop “calling each other sluts and whores…cause it just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores” (Mean Girls, 2004).  Girls’ nasty jealousy towards one another has devolved a new perspective on how everyone views their gender, it is common for a group of “best friends” to talk about one of their other friends in a mean manner and then act “fake” to her face afterwards.

Sandra Harding and Julie T. Wood’s Standpoint Theory is how we perceive the world at one angle and then view something differently in another. Standpoint is “whatever our vantage point, its location tends to focus our attention on some features of the natural and social landscape while obscuring others” (Griffin, 2009. P. 441.). In the movie “Mean Girls”, everyone’s standpoint on girls is that they are caddy and negative towards one another and that standpoint affects their worldview on, not just teenage girls, but women in general. This mean girl example can go with Wood’s use of relational dialect of seeking autonomy and connectedness. She says, “men tend to want more autonomy and women tend to want more connectedness” (Griffin, 2009. P.444.).  The women’s connectedness deals with building relationships using communication, including others, and responding, In “Mean Girls”, the girls are using connectedness, but it is portrayed in a negative fashion, communicating with each other by talking behind their backs, building fake relationships just to become popular, or responding by getting into a “girl fight”.

Girls’ bullying other girls is way too common in high schools today, and it is allowing both genders to have a damaging standpoint on women. If these young ladies could grasp the concept of the Standpoint Theory and understand how their actions affect everyone’s perception of them, perhaps they can change their nasty ways and learn how to get along and improve their gender’s reputation.

 

  1. Griffin, E. (2008). Communication: A first look at communication theory (7thed.) Boston: McGraw-Hill

 

 

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  1. Daniel Roberts says:

    I find this blog post very insightful! The movie Mean Girls is a perfect example of the Standpoint Theory. However, you state the fact that the depiction of the teenage girls being negative and mischievous with one another is a general portrayal of women. I don’t know if I can exactly agree with that, because people generally focus on the teenage girls during their negative period. Yet they don’t look at the end of the movie when they move on to their senior year and notice the other women in the movie. They become more dignified and appropriate with each other. I would say that it primarily focused on teenage females, and would not obscur the image of women in general.

    As for your example of the female connectedness, I completely agree with you. It portrays high school young women as untrue and sly. That they know how to get what they want, just by communicating effectively. There is an array of possibilities for these examples. Like when Regina got back with Erin (I think that’s his name) to make Cady uncomfortable and jealous. This is an example of a combination of all three aspects of connectedness. By flaunting Erin in front of Cady, Regina was communicating to Cady that she was queen bee, including Erin, Gretchen, and Karen to make the relationship more uncomfortable, and responding by making statements and gestures to Cady’s desires for Erin.

    All in all I think that you highlighted some great subjects in this post by incorporating the idea of Mean Girls :).

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