Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Girl Power...Gone Bad

Originally, I had hoped to begin this entry in both an original and exciting matter. I’ll openly admit that I sat at my desk and pondered of ways that I could possibly make this topic seem somehow stimulating. And then suddenly, it struck me. What I was about to write was in no way thrilling, amusing or even remotely fun to discuss (well…maybe a little). I simply could not do it, there was (and still is) no pleasurable way for me to say that the Spice Girls have confirmed a Reunion Tour.

Eeeeveryone remembers the Spice Girls, that five member female-pop-band that exploded with fame around 1995. Every little girl (and even some boys) favoured one of Baby , Ginger, Posh, Sporty, or Scary Spice. Back then, it was simple - The Spice Girls had fun, looked good, sang well (ish), and of course, had GIRL POWER.

But what exactly did “Girl Power” mean for the Spice Girls? Was it “Girl Power” that made Posh Spice hike up her “too-short” mini skirt even higher? Was it “Girl Power” that made Ginger Spice dessert the rest of the clan early and then watch as they crumbled as a group?

Looking back ten years to the Spice Girl’s promotion of Girl Power, I can comfortably agree that YES, these girls sure did have power. Little girls everywhere looked up to the Spice Girls as their role models and with in no time it was out with the frilly dresses and in with the GIRL POWER t-shirts. Quickly, the ‘girl power’ notion infiltrated the minds of their young fans nationwide, and it was an unwritten rule that anything that was related to “Girl Power” was to be bought, listened to, or talked about.

On a more serious note, as a former fan of the group, I will also admit that I am utterly ashamed of myself (and my parents!) for allowing me to get caught up in this crap. How could I have possibly looked up to a group of women who had little talent, little brains (ie – Spice World) , and, to be frank, little clothing? What’s even worse - The Spice Girls’ idea of 'girl power' seems to have set the stage for female singers of today too– drugged out Britney Spears at the VMA’s anyone?

…And now, we all get to re-live the hype as they spice up our life for a second time on their upcoming world tour. BLEH, As if the first time wasn’t enough…but I’m trying my very best to be excited about this, I swear.

To end this on a more positive note, I would like to confirm that I do not believe all female role models fail at life. (that was just the Spice Girls) In fact, as my (female!) classmate and author of Killer Queen’s shows, there’s enough awesome gals out there to recognize to keep a steady blog goin!

…Now THAT’S my idea of Girl Power!

18 comments:

Tanya D. said...

Oh man... the Spice Girls.
It's funny because I was flipping channels the other day, and the Pussycat Dolls were on Much Music, talking about how they want to be role models to young girls, and I was thinking "okay, so you want to be role models? How about PUTTING ON SOME CLOTHES!" and had a very startling backflash to the Spice Girls and this same image.
Why is girl power equated with dressing slutty?!

p.s: Thanks for the mention!

Laurie said...

So glad to know that there are intelligent young women out there who realize that celebrities are not great role models. It is obivious you had some better influences than the Spice Girls--music was good though

Anonymous said...

I think the Spice Girls were fantastic roles models for young children and adults they were curvy, feminine, worked hard and had fun. They showed young girls there was more to life than finding prince charming.. they had a personality to suit everyone and taught girls to be proud of their assets and the power that comes along with being a female. They taught girls of friendship and most importantly girl power!

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