As Klausner states, the problem with this twee, cutesy behavior in young (and older) women is that no one can take you seriously when you’re wearing an outfit and accessories that were once the domain of the slouchy preteen. She urges readers to step up and become women, because “the larger issue is that it is a lot easier for men — or even guys or bros — to demean us, if we’re girls.” In other words, playground politics shouldn’t rule your life, ladies. It’s time to start acting your age. The same goes for the “guys or bros” Klausner writes about — those dudes who would rather have a date sitting in front of an XBox than sitting across from someone and having a conversation about things larger than your fantasy worlds.
Maybe we all need to grow up a little and read something more like How Proust Can Change Your Life, rather than Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life! In other words, let’s all try for less self help and more self regard. Even though we have to admit that we’ve never been a fan of Marcel, we think we just might pick it up and start thinking deeply about our lives before we all end up in some future version of Idiocracy .
What do you think, dear readers? Are we living in an age of silliness and self-absorption or is this time no different than any other?