I Am Like Other Girls
One day, I find myself casually remark to my friend to which she took a lot offense. My statement went something like this, “Ugh, I just hate women who take hours to get ready. I mean c’mon, does it even matter? I am so glad I am not like those other girls, sheesh.” An intense conversation just like this went down between Tara Anand and Ellie Lee, students of School of Visual Arts in New York and co-founders of “I am Like Other Girls” an Instagram page trying to create a change.
What I found them doing irked me a lot, so I had to find out what a page on a social media site can do for this world.
“We were upset by the fact that many girls would go around saying things like “girls are petty and there’s always so much drama.” The fact is that phrases like this are so normalised in society that we don’t even realise the damage it’s doing. Think about how much hate for your own gender you must have been taught growing up to cast it away like that?”
This is when they the ‘Eureka moment!’ happened for them and they resolved to do something about this, to create solidarity in womanhood. It is so common for us to reclaim our rights through feminism and march in the streets asking for equal pay and equal wages. But if within us there are so many judgements and stereotypes, how will we fight the bigger battle together?
With more than 10,000 growing followers,the main message of ‘I Am Like Other Girls’ is “ Being like other girls is not a bad thing”. Relying on User Generated Content, women from all around the girl send them messages about who they are and signifying that yes, there are other girls like them all around. Then, their team of artists creates digital art based on them.
So what are they planning now?
“We’d like to continue to make the same content, get girls from all over the world and start getting submissions in different languages! we’d love to start being able to pay our artists, an initiative we have already started with here.”
What struck a chord within me about this project is the simplicity of it, yet having the ability to make such a huge change i.e. bring about a perspective which most of us cannot see.
This project also gives a chance to artists who are hardly recognized for their efforts, something I came to understand through my previous series called Embracing Art. Too many of us try to achieve individuality by distancing ourselves from our gender but who decides what girls are like? And who decides that they’re all the same? Thus, I Am Like Other Girls project strives to redefine what it means to be like other girls. You go, girl!