pick me opinion

I’m not gonna lie, guys, this column is basically just a rant against a meme. Side note: Rant Against a Meme would be a solid name for a Rage Against the Machine cover band, but I digress. Anyway, I’m calling to abolish the memes for girls who don’t think they’re like other girls. You know the “other girls vs me” memes. “Normal girls: crushing on boy bands. Me: crushing on serial killers.” “Normal girls: like shoes. Me: reading books.” There is no in-between, everyone; it’s shoes or books, take your pick. 

There is nothing wrong with a woman who likes video games, beer, burgers or anything else that is universally beloved and yet widely considered to be exclusively masculine. There is, however, something wrong with thinking you’re the only person of your gender who doesn’t fit perfectly into the arbitrary box society has forced us into, since birth, according to our genitals. And, FYI, it’s not an accident that society wants to pit women against each other. While putting down others (especially mainstream others) isn’t a strictly female practice, it’s been ingrained into our minds that masculinity is preferable to femininity since birth. Think of every romantic comedy you’ve ever seen. OK, maybe not every one, but let’s take “The Kissing Booth” (2018), which, for the record, was the most-watched movie on Netflix the year of its release. Aside from the protagonist, every female character is vapid, nasty, and has the audacity to take pride in their appearance. Not Elle though. She’s hot, but only in an accidental way, and her best friend is a guy. Girls are just too much drama, am I right? While “The Kissing Booth” isn’t alone in exploiting the “not like other girls” protagonist, it’s so recent and was so popular that it provides a great example that as a culture, we still find ourselves pitting young women against each other. 

When I’m feeling generous, I remember that a lot of people (ahem, including me) stress how weird they are as a defense mechanism that likely manifested in middle school. You know, back when being different was an actual issue for your social standing. As for flaunting your quirks, or as Monster High dolls would say, your “freaky flaws” (I know, I like Monster High dolls, isn’t that so weird, yet vaguely charming? Pick me!), I’m all for it. The best part about growing up is realizing that everything you were mocked for in middle school is what makes you awesome today. The key to not being a “pick-me” is remembering that everyone you know went through the same experience at some point in their lives. It’s not a competition for who was or is the quirkiest. 

I’m clearly painting with broad strokes here, but seriously guys, can we just stop pretending that the fact that other people with your same interests threaten you? Can we realize that meeting like-minded individuals isn’t a bad or threatening thing, but the reason we all came to college in the first place? To find people with the same interests as us, as in, you know, our majors? Next time you meet someone who likes the same stuff as you, instead of feeling threatened, invite them to coffee, and thank me later.