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The Girly Girl Trope, Explained

The Girly Girl: lover of puppies, shopping, and the color pink. At least, this is how Girly Girls have largely been written by people who don’t care about them. But when we conflate “girly-ness” with passivity, vacuity, and victimhood, it not only devalues Girly Girls; it devalues all women. The Girly Girl can have as much depth, drive, and strength as any tomboy if she’s written with care and empathy. Here’s our Take on the Girly Girl: her wants, her role in fiction, and why we’re seeing everyone get a little girly today.