12 LIFE LESSONS WE ALL LEARNT FROM MEAN GIRLS

Hello and happy Mean Girls Day!

Yes, it’s October 3rd, and yes, it’s Wednesday, so obviously I’m wearing pink in celebration.

More specifically, my favourite Mean Girls’ inspired jumper ever – £39 from Topshop, if you’re interested. 

If you don’t understand the significance of all of this then I’m afraid you are in absolutely the wrong place and you’d be best off leaving, if this movie didn’t play a big enough roll in your life that you’re not left questioning everything if you find yourself wearing your hair in a ponytail more than once a week, then this post is not for you.

For everyone else, the people that know they absolutely shouldn’t even be trying to make fetch happen, BECAUSE IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, hello and welcome to my tribute to the film that gave me my first taste of chick-flicks. (I took to it the same way most babies take to milk, FYI, and soon it became a full blown love affair).

It’s been fourteen years since Mean Girls first came out, so here’s a little look at the life lessons that this utterly iconic movie taught me.

Intelligence is attractive. 

Or at least, dumbing yourself down isn’t. Feel like this is a faux-pas made by so many of us in our school days, and here’s hoping they ended there. No man worth a damn would be more interested in a girl dulling her sparkle in order to massage his ego. Be brainy and own it – else you’ll end up with nothing more impressive to say to a guy than ‘it’s October 3rd’ (yeh it issss).

Building other women up is e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

“You all have GOT to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for GUYS to call you sluts and whores”.

Big up Ms. Norbury for this little nugget of feminist gold.

Don’t take your shit out on other people (this becomes more important every passing second that social media exists).

Cady’s end-of-the-movie epiphany is something that we can all be thankful since the internal monologue it evoked (whilst she should have been doing some quick-maffs) is enough to inspire a whole generation of women into being better.

“Calling somebody else fat won’t make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid don’t make you any smarter. All you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you.” 

No one should stop you from being you.

Or in the infamous words of Kevin Gnapoor…“don’t let the haters stop ya from doing your thanggg”

When y0u fuck up, it’s usually just best to say you’re sorry.

In Cady’s words, the best you can do is suck the poison out of your life. And let her be the example, she did some terrible things, included suspected attempted murder (/manslaughter???) and was still forgiven by the masses. Suck out that poison ladies. SUCK IT OUTTTT!!

Forgive, forget and move on.

The real inspiration was not Cady for snapping up her headband into way too many pieces than was plausible but her pals for being so cool with forgiving her so fast.

Here’s looking at Janis for this one.

The true rules of feminism.

Oh yes, Mean Girls really is more than just one of those ever so slightly offensive chick-flicks that we became so used to during the early naughties. Gretchen for one taught us our first rules of girl code…

“Irregardless, ex-boyfreidns are just off limits to friends, I mean, that’s just, like, the rules of feminism!”

I mean sure, I’ve fleshed out my feminism a bit since this, but this is a pretty good basis to work off.

There’s no shame in maintaining a good routine. 

On Wednesday’s, they wear pink… remember???

Sitting by and watching bad things happen to other people actually makes you guilty of bad things too. 

I’m a firm believer in this. Although perhaps not fair to put too much on your pals who have their own mental health to think of all the time, to sit by on your bum whilst others are being dragged through the mud, particularly in the social media age, is not the one. As Janis said…

“There are two kinds of evil people. People who do evil stuff, and people who see evil stuff being done and don’t try to stop it.”

The importance of practising safe-sex. 

Because you will get pregnant and die, obviously.

We should all be a bit little less mean. 

“I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat it and be happy…”

Why did everyone laugh at this emotional woman and make a meme out of her suggestion? If I’m honest with you guys I want me some of that cake.

Butter is not a carb. 

An iconic lesson really. And FYI, it’s a fat.

Shop the jumper, also fantastic in yellow – although not quite so mean!

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