“It’s Always Condescending and Insulting”


At Rookie, wunderkind Tavi Gevinson’s website for teenage girls, Hazel Cills has a magnificent defense of teenage girls’ taste, which explains why adult male critics are the last people who should be passing judgment on media for young women.

When you applaud or critique a young girl’s taste based on how well or badly it aligns with yours, you are suggesting that your taste = THE RIGHT TASTE, because you are the one IN THE KNOW.

And another quote, because we can’t limit ourselves to just one:

“How do you even know about this?” they sometimes ask. “You weren’t even born when this movie came out.” Dude: I have the internet.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →