When We Call Women Girls

collage-2016-07-13“The last few years alone have given us grown-up rocker girls (Girl in a BandRat Girl, Violence Girl, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl), science girls (Lab Girl, The Girls of Atomic City, Rise of the Rocket Girls), WWII girls (Lilac Girls), ballet girls (Girl Through Glass), and journalist girls (The Good Girls Revolt), not to mention all the grown-up girls struggling to find themselves on screen: ‘2 Broke Girls,’ ‘New Girl,’ ‘Supergirl,’ and, of course, ‘Girls.’ There’s a Good Girl’s Guide to Sex, a Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study, there are Girls in White Dresses and 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, and thanks to Amy Schumer, there will soon be The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo. There is, it seems, a girl for nearly every kind of woman.”


Robin Wasserman, “What Does it Mean When We Call Women Girls?” Literary Hub, May 18, 2016.