10 Lessons from Mean Girls That Are Still Relevant Today
Take it from the girl who had gone from home-schooled jungle freak to shiny plastic to most hated person in the world to actual human being
Leave it to Tina Fey to take a self-help book and spin it into a smash hit that changed a generation forever. Not too shabby for the comedienne’s screenwriting debut. Inspired by Rosalind Wiseman’s Queen Bees and Wannabes, Mean Girls has become more than the revealing yet hilarious film adaptation that faultlessly tackles “helping [daughters] survive cliques, gossip, boyfriends and other realities of adolescence.”
It’s a teen movie so iconic, its themes and movie lines have managed to stay relevant to this day. It’s the “you can’t sit with us”, the plastics (as a label befitting some people), “that is so fetch” and retorts like “your mom’s chest hair” that have withstood the test of time.
It’s baffling to imagine that it’s already been 14 years since the movie premiered in the U.S. Since meeting Cady Heron and the Plastics: Regina George, Karen Smith and Gretchen Wieners, chick flick teen movies have not been the same. It’s all fun, (mind) games and high school drama, but Mean Girls is chock-full of valuable takeaways we can all apply in real life. Scroll through for the 10 Lessons from Mean Girls That Are Still Relevant Today!
There are two kinds of evil people in this world. People who do evil stuff and people who see evil stuff being done and don't try to stop it.
Because what use is a good person who stands by the sidelines and lets injustice persist?
“Irregardless” is actually a real word.
Hey, Gretchen Wieners didn’t just make up a word after all. Irregardless is an actual word; it just isn’t widely used or embraced. It shares the same meaning as the word “regardless” and is, furthermore, the combination of the words: “irrespective” and “regardless.”
Excelling in academics—or thinking about joining a group that will boost your academic career—is not social suicide.
If you enjoy it and it’ll look great on your transcripts, don’t let anyone pressure you into giving it up.
On that note: You don’t have to dumb yourself down to get guys to like you.
And that’s all part of knowing your worth. If guys should ever have to keep up with you, that’s not your problem.
Airing out the things that are bothering you is way better than talking smack behind someone’s back.
When was the last time back-biting solved anything anyway?
The only thing worse than going back is not going back.
It’s never easy. It’s often painful, but it’s necessary. “When you get bit by a snake, you’re supposed to suck the poison out.”
A sincere apology is always a good start.
Because you cannot just blow past reality after having wronged people you care about without this part.
Calling somebody else fat won’t make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn’t make you any smarter.
“And ruining Regina George’s life definitely didn’t make me any happier. All you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you.”—Cady Heron
There’s a seat for everyone at the table.
The obsession with one queen ruling all only winds up making some unhappy while leaving some power hungry. Who says there can only be one queen anyway?
Channeling your rage into sports is a healthy way of blowing off steam.
Plus, exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. (OK, different movie, but the line is still relevant!)
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