In a flash of pink lightning and glitter raining from the sky, author of Mean Girls stylized column, “Pathetic in Pink”, Robin McGrath, bent on being the first to permanently lodge her foot in her mouth in 2015, was shooed from the internet by strong retorts by such journalists as Zaren Healy White. The role of the villain in this story? Writing a poorly executed piece of satire ribbing on little girls with blond hair, blue eyes and pink clothes. An article in The Telegram discussed the different sides at work here – characters taking the role of “Confused Reader” and “Silent Journalist” and “Editor Who Thinks Its Readers Fault For Not Getting It”. Confused Reader said she understood, from the use of hyperbolic and unnecessarily inflammatory language assumedly, that it was satire, but that the actual point of the satire was missing on her. It’s almost like the Silent Journalist was trying to prove to the Onion that she had chops but instead never managed to get to a point.
Instead, Silent Journalist only managed to be mean, belittling and superior to the little girls whose superiority she harbours a desire to squash. Editor Who Thinks Its Readers Fault For Not Getting It is either grasping at straws, also wants to squash the superiority of little girls wearing pink or was really busy last night getting her nails done and was like “b’ys does anyone remember anything about that article?” Nobody did because it was too irritating to read in order to edit.
Confused Reader is joined by what appears to be all of the Newfoundland people of Facebook in her confusion and unhappiness with the hateful article. One mindful yogi had this to say about the piece:
“One of my beloved teachers in Mexico hosted a ‘shakti’ meeting for all the girls in my program. During that meeting, she told us she wore makeup and jewelry to celebrate the divine feminine in her. In that moment, I felt a weight off my chest, relief of the guilt of enjoying makeup and dresses so much. The things that had been projected to me as ‘vain’ and ‘fake’. What is with femininity shaming? Beauty has somehow become the opposite of intelligence and strength. Forget that. We can have it all.”
Femininity shaming. Silent Journalist appears to be a token feminist from her writing – the hatred against gender roles that she endeavours to portray would so suggest. But I thought that was the whole point of the equality and feminist movement we set out on? That one could enjoy pink or blue or white or black and it wouldn’t be relevant to the core of one’s soul. That one could be trans or cis and we would believe they are both equal. That we don’t need to put down one in order to bring up another. I thought those people that want to be princesses could be and those that want to be gymnasts could be and those that want to be doctors, or politicians, or astronauts or whatever just could be.
I think I was personally offended by the article because it could have been written about my sweet little Olivia, the light of my whole life embodied in my sister’s tiny child. A little girl who’s sole purpose in life is to make her grandparents laugh, and her brother laugh, and to flirt with mine and my little sister’s boyfriends (she wants to steal them for herself). She recently stood in the cold at the Manolis L protest in Twillingate wearing a pink snowsuit, holding a sign that said “No Oil”. She was supposed to have a sign that said “Save The Sea For Me” , but she is a person with an active mind and she wanted a sign that said something different. But I guess that pink snowsuit made her conviction in the subject matter less relevant.
Well. That sounds insane.