I know I said today would be a trivia day, but I just woke up from one freaky ass dream, and had to get it down before it fades from my memory.
As some of you may know, the Bratz movie came out recently, as well as the impending Spice Girls reunion. Well, somehow I combined the former (or at least what I could remember from the review) and the latter's movie Spice World (which I actually halfway enjoyed) into a crazy, colorful, nightmarish amalgam world where the two fought for girl-power dominance.
And what did I learn from this nocturnal hallucination, besides that I spend waaaaaay too much time on Pajiba and/or other gossip sites? I can't believe I am going to say this, but:
The Spice Girls, despite what you may think of their musical ability or personal lives, were better role models for girls than Bratz or anything else geared towards them nowadays.
Now, before you leave or finish saying "whaaaaa?” hear me out.
The whole thing about the Spice Girls was that they celebrated their personas' individual tastes while remaining friends, which is apparently the very opposite of whatever Bratz were doing. The Spice Girls showed you could have five women of varying backgrounds, interests, and styles come together to sing really annoying songs and be actual, you know, friends. There was the sport-loving tomboy (Sporty); the wild and crazy fun seeker (Scary); the childlike girly-girl that was still into pink (Baby); the fashionista (Posh); and the hyper-sexualized pin-up (Ginger). Each one a different personality, but each knowing full well that they were comfortable with who they were and nobody could tell them any less. And they consistent expressed the ideal of "girl power" being that you can be any kind of female you want, as long as you remember that it isn't a limitation or a collar around your neck, but an expression of who you are as a person. They even managed to save
In the Bratz movie, you have them showing that 'individuality' isn't being yourself, its forming your own clique to the exclusion of others, and focusing more on fashion and appearance than actual inner growth. Look at the plot: the girls enter high school, they are broken up by the mean old HBIC and fail to stay friends, they find other pursuits that actually help define them, and then they trash all that hard work and dedication they put in the last two years just so they could go back to being co-dependent messes and get revenge on possibly the only person who actually helped them by forcing them to seperate and get lives outside of each other. In other words, they were forced to grow up, but as soon as they could find a reason, they reverted back into their middle-school mindset.
Do you see? DO YOU SEE? I don't know about them nowadays, but the Spice Girls of back-in-the-day were actually pretty good role models!
Now I just have to figure out how in the HELL that got into my dreams like that. I think I may need some therapy.
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