Tag Archives: white girl

Is Being Self-Defeating A White Girl Problem?

19 Nov

As if any trait can be attributed to a single race, and not allowed for another.

I blew it.  I was at the tail-end of my weekend trip to NYC with my daughter Leni and her friend Grete.  We were there to celebrate Leni’s 13th birthday.  Never mind I had no business even going to the city since I am flat broke, and here is the shopping spreadsheet Grete studiously drafted, so you can see I was in big trouble before we even hit their starting point:  Fifth Avenue.

 

Yes I had fun being a fly on the wall while the girls ooohed and ahhhed their way through window shopping at Chanel, FAO Schwartz, and TopShop.  More fun for me of course was gorging myself on NYC eats–this time with the focus on sugar.  Violet macarons from Laduree, Jacques Torres chocolates, and the Bea Arthur specialty cone (vanilla soft-serve, dulce de leche, and ‘nilla wafer crumbs) at Big Gay Ice Cream.  These girls know how to live.  I just followed their lead.

We had just finished our last sweet run Sunday morning, a glazed apple cinnamon doughnut and delectable chai tea from The Doughnut Plant, and headed three blocks west to the High-Line, the westside NYC park created atop old train rail tracks. From there we were to catch the train back home to Providence from Grand Central.

As soon as we reached the top of the stairs to begin our walk through the narrow park, lo and behold, who do I see walking in our direction– […]

White Girl Stereotypes

11 Jul

After Monday’s post which questioned how stereotypes of black girls evolve, I thought it was only fair to check into some white girl stereotypes. Searching on-line, there were actually numerous articles on the subject of stereotypes of both black and white women; some serious and some satirical.  I’m posting two finds here.  Please post links to any interesting article or video discoveries you make.

 

First,  is a list poem that appeared on Yahoo! Answers as a response to a student asking for advice on school assignment to write poem on stereotypes of white girls:

 

I DO NOT BELIEVE IN STEREOTYPES! BUT I DO KNOW A FEW:

 

stupid

eating disorders- bulimic/anorexic/over-eater

evil

snobby

flat booties

no curves

tiny lips

dingy

clueless

hair lice

can’t cook

can’t dance

no rhythm

slutty

unassertive

overly-sensitive

wild party girls

gold-diggers

won’t work

let their children control them

incest

plastic surgery

cry babies

spoiled

daddy’s girls

say “um” and “like” a lot

racist

greedy

selfish

try to use sex to get out of things like “tickets”

sense of superiority

look old at a young age

tan too much

shallow

materialistic

These are a few! I didn’t want to go overboard!

 

The following video is pretty funny–a young woman pleads for the dismantling of white girl stereotypes.  It’s funny, and yet, if I was an academic, I’d have to say something about the fact that this is a young, black woman, dressed in a blonde wig, talking about white girl stereotypes, so there should be some kind of discourse about subversion, racial constructs, signs and signifiers, etc., but I am not an academic, and so will leave it up to you all, to add any remarks about the multi-layers of looking at race that are happening here.

 

 

 

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SOURCES:  Yahoo! Answers, November 2011; www.youtube.com, White Girl Stereotypes, by TajmaNaj, 5/23/2011