A teen named Anyssa Richardson told a very simple story on Twitter earlier this week, and it's inspired a whole bunch of other simple stories that add up to something more complicated: How young women support each other and are kind to other women.
Richardson told BuzzFeed News that the story she shared about a girl helping her find a salon "made her day" and she just wanted to spread the love.
i asked this girl where she got her nails done&she googled the exact address & showed me a pic of the building THATS girls supporting girls— slug boy (@ghostgrI) August 6, 2017
It's an unfortunate misconception that all girls are competitive, mean-spirited, and petty to one another. Guess it's easier for the patriarchy to keep us down if we're fighting over nail salons! But the responses to Richardson's tale shows that lots of girls have avoided falling into that old stereotype. Girls are cute, girls like when other girls are cute, and every one of these stories made me smile:
Once I complimented a girl i'd never met on her adorable flower patches and she said one would look cute on my hat so she gave it to me— Pastel princess ✨ (@BecklezYaaas) August 8, 2017
and they all came back to me and complimented every inch of me and then hung with with me for three hours x— katie alexandra 🌻 (@katiefoxbyrne) August 10, 2017
...and this stylist from the event was in the bathroom and just redid her hair for her so she could go to her reception looking amazing <3— J. Westenberg (@Jonwestenberg) August 10, 2017
my male roommate was following my car and two girls in the car next to me noticed and pulled down a window at a stoplight to ask if i was ok— Nancy Pham (@nancyphamcy) August 10, 2017
She bought several at an end-of-con clearance sale & just gave me one. It's the nicest gift I've ever gotten from a near-stranger.— Cheyenne (@IvyVine009) August 10, 2017
There were plenty of people who didn't really get the message, but girls were there to support and correct, as usual:
You missed the point. This was about how a girl was completely ok w/ sharing beauty tips & taking the extra mile than keeping em to herself— DING (@solibeau) August 8, 2017
Small stuff with a big message: