The Sad Girls’ Triumph

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Emily Gaynor writes for Weird Sister on the performative aesthetic of Internet “sad girls,” who use their work to explore the boundaries  of acceptable/unacceptable public displays of emotion for women:

Performing sadness is a self-indulgent practice, and that’s part of what makes it radical. The act of using public space instead of a private diary to work through and document this emotional content is a bold resistance against those who have attempted to silence women’s voices.


Michelle Vider is a writer based in Philadelphia. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in The Toast, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Atlas and Alice, Baldhip Magazine, and others. Find her at michellevider.com or @meanchelled. More from this author →