Raise you hand if you have ever felt personally victimized by Regina George. It was a time full of braces, pimples and bad hair. It was also the first time many of us were introduced to a social hierarchy complete with different clubs and cliques. While some cliques may focus on a love of soccer, music or theater, other cliques are focused on becoming the popular group and tearing other students down.
Currently working to write 1, words. What is "normal" to us is strange and foreign to her. She has no preconceived notions of how people behave or ought to behave in cliques and groups.
For Cady Heron, in Mean Girls, to be apart of a group in society was all she wanted as she began high school. However, her connections to people are skewed as she joins a group called ‘The Plastics’. Apr 17, · Mean Girls Posted by annakent under Davies, Video Leave a Comment students in this movie identified themselves with other people and belong to a particular group. Belonging: the Person's Connection to Society. Belonging is a basic need of a human. A sense of belonging of a person shows the connection of that person to a place, people and communities.
We relate to her immediately. The first thing that happens when she shows up at school is… overwhelming chaos. Fish out of water, Alien visits Earth, you name the trope. This is standard operating protocol. Groups need to sniff new individuals out to see where they ought to stand in the heirarchy.
A social group typically has a clearly defined Alpha and Omega, and everything in between is largely illegible. The alpha group in Mean Girls are the Plastics, while the Omega are Janis and Damien- the suspected lesbian and the fat gay boy. Both relatively unattractive, relatively unremarkable.
The Asians, etc are the in-between groups. Insignificant in the grand scheme of things. They have nothing to fear from her presence, because they have nothing to lose.
The movie could actually have ended here- Cady becomes friends with Janis and Damien and they live happily ever after, hanging out together, mocking the hallowed Plastics from a distance. The story only progresses into conflict and complexity because Cady is attractive.
If Cady were unattractive, she would happily join the Math club, stay friends with Janis and Damien, and everything would go happily-ever-after.
It would be a sitcom, and probably quite an amusing one. This is absolutely central to the plot. Attractiveness is the social currency in the Darwinian environment of North Shore High.
This is a classic Shit Test from Regina. Regina noticed Cady for the potential threat that she was. If the Plastics subsume her into the group keep your enemies close! If she were left as a free agent, she would earn the attention of the attractive boys Aaron, for instanceand she would threaten the alpha status of Regina and the Plastics.
She would delegitimize them. Alpha groups still have in-group politics. This is a very common trope. People get drawn to power even if it burns them.
Gretchen too chooses to be miserable within the Plastics rather than leave it, because the Plastics as a collective are the Alpha group. Better to be the bottom-feeder in the best group than to be outside of it. Their sexuality and their attractiveness is their chief source of social currency.
The Plastics maintain their alpha status through attention, by being sexually desired by everybody else. She deliberately plays people off against each other, manipulating them and their insecurities.
She lies to Aaron about Cady. Notice how insidious Regina is- she got Cady to insult Ms. Sharon in the burn book! All of this is leverage that Regina puts together to shore up her own social capital. The conflict is resolved by a random act of God- the antagonist gets hit by a bus.
This is a bit of a copout, and probably an artistic choice for the sake of the limitations of the movie. So Regina would have no choice but to decimate Cady altogether. That would have been a less satisfactory movie, of course.
Janis who plays it straight underestimated Cady. While she had nothing to lose by Cady joining her and Damien, she lost Cady to the Plastics. We assume that our honesty and straightforwardness will be appreciated.Tina Fey's Mean Girls is an accurate portrayal of how rough high school can be, and more specifically how horrible teenage girls can be.
Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), a "home schooled jungle freak" recently moved from the jungles of Africa to a city in America ready to start her first year at a public high school. Ten years ago, no one had any idea what an iPhone was. Bryan Cranston was still playing a sitcom father on Malcolm in the Middle, and the publishing industry was untouched by deadly teenage dystopias..
Few people then could have predicted that a run-of-the mill teen film, focused on three “mean girls,” would explode with cultural impact the way it did. May 17, · MEAN GIRLS is a ferociously funny new musical from an award-winning creative team, including director Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon), composer Jeff Richmond (“30 Rock.
It’s a pretty big question – and one that has been on my mind a lot lately in my work here at Community Foundations of Canada. As you may know, in October , we published Belonging: Exploring Connection to Community.
This national Vital Signs report was inspired by the early leadership of a number of. Belonging is the feeling you get when around friends, family and the community. You become a part of their lives as you become apart of theirs.
There are different feelings to different people you belong to, giving and receiving affection from Family and also feeling a close connection to a long time friend symbolises belonging but in two.
Oct 18, · Belonging is a basic human need, it would seem to be a natural thing. We belong to groups, clubs, societies, and most of us long to belong to something.