Because indeed, Katy Perry is the leading exponent of that noxious genre of songs that scream at preteen girls that they’re “fierce” and “strong” and “beautiful just the way they are”—this coming from a performer who shills for CoverGirl and appears to apply her makeup with tools picked up in the Building Materials aisle of Home Depot.
So what we have here is a clash of female empowerment fantasies: The Nun, the Pop Star, and even the Witch—another teen girl (and beyond) obsession that’s gone in and out of style since Salem. In this scenario, only Hollister has what we’d recognize as a real job.
As evidenced by the unedifying spectacles of the Women’s March against Trump and A Day Without Women, most females would rather sing about “girl power” than actually wield and possess it. Hence the “nasty women” casting occult spells to “fight” Not My President—another retreat into make-believe.
All these women crave a kind of masochism, poorly disguised as might, and practice self-sabotage to alarming degree.
Whereas, I am temperamentally immune from such apparently widespread female afflictions as “impostor syndrome.”
There’s a new one, too. You’ve heard of the Peter Principle, that within modern organizations, “most men rise to their level of incompetence.” Well, now we have a long-overdue name for an equally vexing phenomenon: the Paula Principle, which states, accurately as hell, that “most women work below their level of competence.”
And naturally, the book that explains all this was written by a man.
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