Taylor Swift’s Monday night Grammy speech preached female empowerment but an overheard conversation taught Susan Cohen that today’s girls realize that stars like Taylor Swift are not realistic role models.
Women’s language and speech patterns have come under attack by other women under the guise of giving friendly advice. But this isn’t empowerment, writes Susan Cohen, but rather a new way to put women down.
In current popular parlance the idiom “Sophie’s Choice,” is used for frivolous mundane decisions. It’s time to stop says Susan Cohen.
Lily Myers, a Wesleyan University junior, has a following as a slam poet. Her feminist poem, “Shrinking Women,” went viral with 2 million views.
In the 2011 box-office hit “Bridesmaids,” Kristen Wiig’s character Annie has an alcohol and Xanax induced meltdown on the plane to Las Vegas. After the flight attendant asks her to return to coach, she responds with, “Oooo. This is a very strict plane that I’m on. Welcome to Germany.” She then puts her index and middle finger under her nose, making a blatant reference to Hitler. She finishes up by saying, “Auf Wiedersehen Asshole.”