“‘There is no more feminism,’ I explain. Game Over. But it took me a day or two to name the new game. It’s ‘girlism’ — women want to be sexy girls and use all the tricks girls use. Crying, flirting, begging, winking, stomping their feet when they don’t get their way, general trotting around showing off their long legs and whatever else they decide to show off thereby distracting and derailing men.” Halley Suitt —Whatever Happened to Feminism? (Halley’s Comment)
Oh, the battle of the sexes can be so… cute. Hollywood ditches women over 35 because the men (see “laddism“) who are likely to be influenced by crying, flirting, begging, winking stomping, trotting and leg-showing-off women are far more likely to be influenced by a crying, flirting, begging, winking, stomping, trotting and leg-showing-off 20-year-old than by a crying, flirting, begging, winking, stomping, trotting and leg-showing-off 40-year-old.
Though it’s hard to tell (what with all the girlist bloggers crying, flirting, begging, winking, stomping, trotting and showing-off their legs so much), Girlism sounds to me like ageism — a reaction against the vigilance and self-control espoused by feminist foremothers (who seem far less relevant to many of today’s young women).