It’s a Girl Thing


badgirl.JPGIt seems everywhere you look nowadays there’s a new story about girls going wild. And I’m not talking about spring-break videos. I’m referring to young girls unleashing rage-filled rants or Fight Club-style beat-downs.

Is there something in the water, or what?

Now, I guess I ought to quickly backtrack to add that I’m not being sexist here. Yes, I know boys are doing stupid things, too. I mean, hey, I was a stupid teen boy once myself. But, in a way, I kind of expect guys to be foolish, like jump on each other from a rooftop or set themselves on fire for a YouTube lark. Why do you think Marge isn’t the Simpson who yells out “D’oh!” every episode?

But we’re talking about girls, here. They’re the kinder, gentler, smarter sex, right? They’re the ones whose brains are supposed to be firing on all cylinders while the boys are still trying to find the ignition switch. For some reason, however, that doesn’t seem to be the rule anymore.

Just a couple of days ago, I heard of a woman who was jogging in a Greeley, Colo., park who came upon a group of teen girls watching a girl fight. The 47-year-old jogger told the youths to cool it. And they turned on her, screaming “f— you b–ch,” and punched her to the ground.

And then there are the online tussles. A couple weeks ago, Plugged In‘s Paul Asay wrote an interesting article about a 11-year-old who got ticked off at some online “haters” and started spouting about “popping a Glock” in their mouths to give them a “brain slushy.” Now, again, this was an 11-year-old. Then, of course, her rants inspired other rants and eventually the girl’s father started screaming at his daughter’s webcam and …. oh, boy.

Then just yesterday I saw a Forbes article about a young woman who decided to dissert her Justin Bieber fandom by ceremonially ripping her Bieber posters off the wall—on camera. Which, as you might imagine, caused all kinds of fervor. Nothing worse for many a tween girl nowadays than Bieber desecration.

The Forbes article focused on one particular 12-year-old who calmly proceeded to threaten the Bieber-hater with an online, f-bomb laced tirade. “If I ever meet you in person,” the young girl sneered, “I’m going to hit you in the f—ing face with a full wine bottle. Cork and all!” (Now, why she thought the cork would add some extra heft to the threat, I’m not sure. But she sounded serious enough.)

I watched the full video and the thing that got me was that throughout this Bieber-defender’s video, along with all the vile bile, she kept plugging her regular YouTube and Twitter offerings—essentially marketing herself. So she was not only loosing all her foul-mouthed 12-year-old madness, she was also inviting other girls to follow her future gripes. (Tomorrow, an f-bomb harangue about Silly Bandz!)

It all seems so incredibly foolish and unbelievably self-promoting at the same time. What’s going on? Is our new world somehow creating this breed of spotlight-seeking rabid lass, or is the current age just allowing all the pent up eons-worth of feminine “argghs!” to finally rise to the surface?

It must be one of those, right? What else could you look to? Parents? C’mon.

Who wrote this?

Bob Hoose is a senior associate editor for Plugged In, a producer/writer for Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey, a writer of plays and musicals and one-half of the former comedy/drama duo Custer & Hoose. He is a husband, father of three and a relatively new granddad.

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