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Misconceptions About Girls

July 23, 2009
By vivian78 GOLD, San Jose, California
vivian78 GOLD, San Jose, California
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A couple days ago, one of my friends posted on Facebook this status: "Darn this world of shallow guys and pheno-typical girls." He then ranted about how girls wear makeup to look pretty for guys, dress in short shorts to have sex appeal, etc. Although he is an awesome person and an equally awesome friend, we have got some major misconceptions to clear up.

Us girls don't necessarily wear short shorts for guys. A few of us do it for the sex appeal (like the girls who wear mini skirts during the winter), but the vast majority of us do it for several other reasons.

1. Short shorts are more comfortable - who likes to jump and run and dance in jeans?
2. When it's summer, it's hot outside, gosh darn it!
3. We can wear short shorts and look awesome, and guys can't do it without looking really wack.

About the trying to look pretty thing. We try to be pretty mostly for our own sakes, because when we feel pretty, we feel like we can conquer the world. In other words, feeling pretty inspires confidence. More likely than not, when we look good, we feel good.

Guys, as important as you wonderful people are to us girls, you're not the center of our universe - we are. So sorry to burst your bubble, but it's about time you guys realize that girls do not spend all their time looking good for guys. It must be a pleasant delusion, thinking that we do everything for you, but let's face reality - us girls do most of our "girly" girl things (shopping, makeup, etc) for ourselves and confidence and the funness of feeling pretty.

And just so you know, a lot of girls (as well as myself) only wear short shorts at home, which is the last place we worry about sex appeal. And don't tell me that "all girls are wearing short shorts" - it's just that you're paying more attention to the girls with short shorts. Take a good look at all the girls who aren't. I'm not saying that short shorts are bad, obviously, I'm just saying that not all girls wear short shorts. And most of the girls who do wear short shorts do it because short shorts are comfortable, not because we want to "look sexy."

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This article has 6 comments.

Constant said...
on Apr. 10 2013 at 10:51 pm
Great, an editorial about male/female stereotypes.  If only it didn't adress a male stereotype. And regarding short-shorts, the ones i see in school during THE WINTER, are so short that i can see buttocks.  Its gross, and i hate being reminded of sex so constantly.

cj10154 said...
on Sep. 14 2009 at 7:42 am
I think the reason why girls wear short shorts is because some do it for boys and some do it because it is really hot. In Florida it is super hot.

cj10154 said...
on Sep. 14 2009 at 7:38 am
i think the story was really nice

on Sep. 7 2009 at 7:24 am
livinglaughingloving SILVER, Clermont, Florida
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Yes I agree with eileen that especially in Florida it gets really hot. But the ones that barely cover your butt are not like acceptable. And wat serena said is so true, it's not cool to be modest. Unless it's like hollister or some freakishly expensive stuff. So yeah and it's very hard to go shopping for clothes. I used to love it and now i hate it, because it's impossible to find any thing good or decent.

vivian78 GOLD said...
on Sep. 5 2009 at 5:40 pm
vivian78 GOLD, San Jose, California
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I think there are two kinds of short shorts. There are the ones that when you sit down still cover some of your thighs. Those are the ones I'm talking about in my article.

The second kind is the denim ones that just BARELY cover someone's rear end. Those are so short I refer to them as denim underwear lol cuz i really don't like those. But I think the first kind, the ones that are a little bit short to wear at school but are great for summer wear are just fine.

I agree modesty is good, but when it's a hundred degrees out, it's not too bad to wear short shorts, as long as they're not the supersupersupershortdenim ones.

serenabalina said...
on Sep. 2 2009 at 10:45 am
While I agree that girls do not do everything for the sake of pleasing guys, I do believe that girls should not be wearing short shorts. For some reason, in today's world, it's supposedly not "cool" to be modest. I think that modesty is one of the best qualities a girl can have. But then again, I will say that it is extremely hard to find shorts of an appropriate length in stores. All the shorts that I see for girls, even for little girls, are very short. And this disgusts me.