Updated: Nov 14
Just a warning, if you decided to click on this article so that you can read some facts and/or get some solutions to the crazy amount of money spent to keep the modern day teenage girl from being shunned from all social circles, then please feel free to stop reading because I’m here to do one thing and one thing only: complain.
I could go on for centuries listing the expensive and immensely painful things girls have been told they are supposed to do in order to be not only attractive, but also accepted in society. I’m sure that by the time I finish this list there will be a whole bunch of new things to catalogue and who knows, maybe in a hundred years teenagers will be expected to have lash extensions and lip fillers.
Many people could argue that nobody is forcing women to do any of these things but you know what, I’d rather spend my money on laser appointments and nail salons rather than in endless hours of therapy, discussing my low self-esteem and wondering ‘why oh why does everyone trash me to each other behind my back?!’ I’m content, for now, having chosen the former, but those really shouldn’t be the only two options.
Being a teenager is really horrible a lot of the time since everyone is trying to ‘fit in’ and ‘belong,’ but there is the very not-so-shocking fact that some people make more money than others. So sure, tease the girl whose eyebrows are uneven because her parents refused to have them professionally done. Bully the girl with cheap clothes just because you get to steal your mommy’s designer wear. Laugh with your friends as the girl with creasing make-up walks by just because she can only afford that kind of foundation. We are so much more privileged than we understand and it is almost laughable that cakey foundation is a problem today. Most teenage girls will understand that between the ages of 12-18 (even some years before and after that) you are at war, constantly protecting your social life and your ‘image’ while having to do and worry about so many other things. You are your own soldier, more than ever before and everyone around you could be fake, even your closest friend.
I have been told a million times that I shouldn’t care what other people think, but on some level, we can’t help it! And that is exactly why so much money is spent on a girl's appearance.
I understand that all genders spend quite a bit on how they look and I’m not saying that girls are forced to do these things for anyone other than themselves. It just disappoints me that so many of the people I know feel like they have to wear make-up or follow the latest fashion trends to be accepted. I hate that it’s not normal for teenagers to have body hair, not even pubic hair! I mean, that’s not normal, it’s not even close! Some of the things that are now considered the norm really piss me off and what makes me feel even worse is that I could never let myself go, and I even have, on occasion, judged and commented. So yes, I am a hypocrite, and I have tried to take comfort in the fact that it’s human nature to judge, but I shouldn’t. I should stop. And so should you, because being a girl is way too expensive and being yourself should be an option.
About the author:
My name is Louisa Vichou and I’m a 14 year old aspiring writer who loves painting, pretty much all sports, singing and piano. However, (like all the greats) I have an arch-enemy... maths!