Not so mean, girls

In its (so far) two days of operation, Tavi Gevinson’s Rookie, an online magazine for teenage girls actually operated and overseen by a teenage girl, has produced all manner of quotable stuff, though this item, by Tavi herself, is the one that I decided to toss into the stew here. The subject is Getting Over Girl Hate, and here’s the reason why you should:

I want everyone to be confident and like themselves! Sincerely. People not liking themselves seems to be where their hating other people begins, and that’s when you get a world full of hatred and spite and darkness, and that is why we have to sing awful songs in music class about loving children and trees and shit. These songs must be stopped.

Anything that curbs “Kumbaya” is fine with me.


  1. Andrea Harris »

    8 September 2011 · 12:57 am

    I don’t know about anyone else, but as far as I am concerned there’s nothing that gets my hatred going more than a sappy song about how we need to love everyone.

  2. Laura »

    8 September 2011 · 5:31 am

    “We Are The World” makes me throw up in my mouth every time.

  3. fillyjonk »

    8 September 2011 · 7:16 am

    She is wise beyond her years. Some of the most hateful people I’ve met – in terms of how they treated others – were people who were miserable about who they were, and I guess they figured if they made everyone else miserable that somehow made it better.

    And sappy songs ain’t gonna fix that. (And they often make otherwise happy people miserable.)

  4. Jeff Brokaw »

    8 September 2011 · 11:03 am

    Throw “Imagine” on that pile and I’ll light the match.

  5. Jeff Brokaw »

    8 September 2011 · 11:07 am

    By the way Chaz, since you probably gave up ever checking my old WordPress blog — which is what any sane person would do after I essentially abandoned it a couple of years ago — just a note that I did actually update it a couple of times these last few days.

    The ticker tape parade is scheduled for tomorrow, I think. No national holiday though. Too close to Labor Day, I guess. What-EVER.

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