One video that was especially popular during holiday time was this one of a little girl complaining about the way toys are marketed by gender. Sure, I can grow up and complain about Barbie's role in my life when I was a kid, but it's so much more refreshing to see this child speak up about it now, telling us that she deserves more as she lives through girlhood. When young people find the courage to say for themselves that they need something more, they deserve at least for us to take a moment to listen.
And here’s a girl who says that all of us deserve better – this thirteen year old talks about slut shaming, what it is and why it’s hurtful. Her insightfulness blows me away.
And, of course, I gotta love little girls raising their voices through music. “My First Hardcore Song” is by Juliet, also known as the 8 year old who’s way more badass than I’ll ever be.
In a more disappointing example of a video gone viral, a Girl Scout named Taylor is using her voice to ask people to boycott Girl Scout cookies, in order to show opposition to the Girl Scouts’ decision to include a transgender child in their organization. I’m glad to see girls finding their voices, but it makes me cringe to hear such a voice putting down others. So instead, in this example I’m applauding Bobby Montoya, the transgender child brave enough to speak up for the chance to be where she feels she belongs. She’s opened the doors for a delicious way to make a difference – all we have to do is eat more cookies to show our support for an inclusive Girl Scouts organization. Sign me up! Also, check out Girl Scouts’ new Year of the Girl campaign.
Overall, I’m loving the presence of girl voices in viral videos these days. They’re not listening to any messages that tell them to grow up before they speak up, or to stay silent their whole lives. Sure, imagine a world full of women who raised these voices in girlhood. But before we fast forward, let’s stop and listen. The girls are speaking to us. Right now.