Every year, social media celebrates the infamous 2004 film, Mean Girls. They do this by posting memes and quoting famous quotes like “She doesn’t even go here,” “
Though this film is hilarious, catchy, and popular, it is an excellent example of how teenagers create social hierarchies within school systems. They try to prove their significance by dominating over one another and being the ‘IT’ girl. Cady, a person who hasn’t been in a traditional school system since being a younger girl, shows this by swiftly changing from the dorky-average teen-girl who loves who she is, as she is, into the most-popular shady and dominating girl in her new school.
Cady does this by joining the most popular group of girls, the Plastics. The purpose of her entering this group of girls was to take down the school-Alpha, Regina, for her friend Janis– but she ends up enjoying the attention she was getting. This led to her doing cruel things to Regina so she could take her place as Alpha, instead of doing it to teach Regina a lesson.
This film displays how cruel girls can be to other girls for the sake of popularity and notoriety, and though “tales of cruel and malicious girls have been interwoven into our culture for many years, it was not until relatively recently that there was an increase in concern over the ways girls victimize other girls” (Cecil 262). Mean Girls may seem like a pun towards the fact of cruelty within high schools, but it’s actually a film that’s intended to teach girls that you don’t need to bully one another to be popular, as it ends with Cady making amends, girls of all shapes and backgrounds being accepted, and with the displacement of the Plastics.