What I learned from Teen Girl Squad

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(The following is my contribution to the writing project at Middle Zone Musings, which is a blog you should read always. The project is simple: write a blog post with the topic What life lesson(s) have you learned from an unusual source? I’m not sure if this is the type of thing Robert Hzurek had in mind. Ah well.)

Teen Girl Squad!

Teen Girl Squad, a flash animation series on Homestar Runner, follows the lives and untimely demises of four teenage girls:

  • Cheerleader – the popular, attractive girl who is the ringleader of the squad,
  • So-and-so – the academic one who avoids being academic in order to fit in,
  • Whats-her-face – who has bad fashion sense and is the outsider of the group, and
  • The Ugly One! (Yes, she really is called that.)

Sarz has previously mentioned she most identifies with Whats-her-face (the one wearing pants). That puzzles me a bit. Perhaps we’ll see why as we go through each episode in the series.

What I Have Learned From Teen Girl Squad

Episode 1:

Teenage girls are obsessed with appearance and have crushes on boys.
Watching cartoon girls get stomped on by dinosaurs is funny.

Episode 2:

Clouds have teeth.
Teenage boys are dumb. (“You must be girls.”)

Episode 3:

Girls like shopping. (no, really!)
Op shops are not considered fashionable.

Episode 4:

Girl crushes are ridiculous.
Girls are ridiculous full stop. (Discuss.)

Episode 5:

Cartoon girls upended in the sand, being used as a perch by evil birds, is strangely entertaining.
Girls with bad fashion sense get abandoned by their friends.
Teenage girls sometimes pass themselves off as older than they really are in order to attract older boys.

Episode 6:

Peer pressure drives girls to do insane things. Probably not as insane as jumping into a lion’s mouth, though.

Episode 7:

This one was less educational than the others. Sorry.

Episode 8:

When playing a bass guitar, watch that it doesn’t turn into a shark and eat you.

Episode 9:

In high school, are friends really friends?
Without Cheerleader around, the other girls are free from pressure.
“The tyranny is over!”

Episode 10:

Teenage romance is completely ridiculous. (Or did that get covered in a prior episode? Or all the episodes?)
Parties are much more interesting if there are boys involved.

Episode 11:

Beware of maniacs in speedos.

Episode 12:

“She likes cloth” is a good band name.
“Say baby, you want to find a remote access point with me?” is a good pick up line.
Texting from three feet away is silly.
Whats-her-face finds true love in this episode, which is why Sarz likes it so much.

****

I suspect I learned something about the nature of girls by watching this series of animations. Judge for yourselves by the comments above. Or, perhaps, be shocked and stunned that I have just learned everything I know about women from a series of very silly flash cartoons.

In all seriousness, this series brought back memories of high school for me, with its pettiness, its peer pressure, the focus on popularity and the strange dynamic in play between boys and girls. Thank goodness times change and priorities change.

But how much do things change really? How much of our lives is focussed on looking good, chasing material things and playing politics in the workplace? I’m not sure the insanity of teenagedom ever goes away – it just becomes more subdued, more channelled.

What is the main thing that characterises teenage life? I would say it is it’s unplanned nature, living for the moment and not thinking much about the future; indeed, barely able to comprehend the future.

Yet what happens when we become adults? How often do we actually think about what we’re doing? Do we have a plan? How often do we stop to consider whether we are fulfilling that plan? How much do we allow our lives to be shaped by the expectations of others?

I’ve been challenged as of late – and I suppose this is only tangentially related to Teen Girl Squad – to have a plan, to know we’re I’m going.

How much of our lives have meaning? How much time do we spend on things that don’t matter?

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28 Responses to What I learned from Teen Girl Squad

  1. Very good, Markk! (And if you broke a rule, I missed it. So don’t tell me.)

    Yep, every time I find myself thinking, “I should get out more,” I hear about stuff like this, and decide to stay in a bit longer…

  2. Markk says:

    Tell me about it. So much YouTube, so little time …

  3. themolk says:

    Markk – you’re over thinking this…

    “It’s over! It’s over! Everybody died ‘cept me!”

    “Oh crap”.

    Episode 8 – priceless…

    So much HomeStarRunner/YouTube/Etc… too much work time… too much video/animation to watch today…!

    My turn to get serious. I really am concerned about the world I have brought my kids into – the increasing violence, the loss of innocence at earlier and earliest ages. I can only protect them for so long… which it is why (I believe) it is so important that I teach them to make smart choices and build within them the ability to know how to act/react in situations. They are both going to be WAY smarter than I ever was/will be… and not due to my influence. I have to trust them and I have to trust God that He will be with them through all of this.

    Serious over. I gotta go start me a band with a shark on bass…

  4. Markk says:

    “Over thinking”? Yes, I see what you mean, and no, clouds do not actually have teeth. I apologise for misleading my readers.

  5. Markk says:

    Perhaps I should revisit Salad Fingers in my next post. I’m sure there are loads of life lessons to be gained from that.

    Or not …

  6. SaRz says:

    Like I told you, pretty funny you’ve managed to use taglines ‘Deep & Meaningful’ and ‘Nutbar.’ :p

    Ur me & Whats-her-face references –
    pssssshhhh
    thats all I have to say

    Great post! My TGS one feels inferior in comparison…

  7. SaRz says:

    Top episodes – 10 and 12. Hands down.

    Top Quotes:

    Ep. 4:

    Cheerleader: “I’m totally bummed that school’s happening again this year”
    Other 3: “So good!”
    Cheerleader: “Y’all like, so whack…”
    The Ugly One: “Wiggedy-whack?”
    Cheerleader: “Nope, just regular type…”

    Ep. 10

    Ermm I forget what the guys name is…Strongsad or somethin…
    “Ermm Stongbad? Were you just first basing it with a piece of loose leaf??”

    Ep. 12
    All of it. Lol. If I started, I’d end up writing out the whole thing. I could pull quotes outta that forever!

  8. themolk says:

    Sarz, I love your take on this. Obviously you have as much time as Markk and I to watch all of these… ;)

  9. SaRz says:

    Hehe, I was the one to tell Mark bout TGS. Yea too much time…wayyy 2 much time on my hands…lol.

    The reality of this hits when you spend the entirety of a church service, sitting there, drawing all the TGS members and Salad Fingers, and pulling out quotes word for word…

  10. SaRz says:

    My gosh…it’s true…

    You scored as Whats Her Face. “OW! My most of me!”Whats Her Face65%So and so25%Cheerleader15%The Ugly One10%Who are you from Teen Girl Squad?created with QuizFarm.com

    Also check out how you would die in a TGS episode…
    http://www.selectsmart.com/FREE/select.php?client=TeenGirlSquad
    I would get err ‘children’-ed

  11. Markk says:

    I’m 60% Whats-her-face. Most of the questions are difficult for guys to answer though.

    “The teacher once called you a boy.” Yep :)

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    Now, i have to go find this…

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  20. Pete Aldin says:

    Glad I kept reading all the way to the end. Great payoff, thought-provoking – I enjoy all your various styles of writing Mark, but the reflective you is my fave.

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  23. Markk says:

    Thanks, Pete. Gotta love the 180 degree mid-post turnarounds.

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