One Tip List: Stop the Lists

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People may not like this, but I’ll say it: I’m tired of the dumb lists of tips that can “change your life.”

I recently saw this list floating around Facebook, and while it does have some useful tips, they aren’t going to change my life. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate chip pancakes, but lists like these — and there are a ton of them out there — make girls seem so general and superficial. And I’ve seen these not just for girls, but for college students in general or for 20-somethings. I just don’t understand this phenomenon.

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I understand that the point of these lists is to be relatable, but I think they reinforce stereotypes more than anything else. By lumping “girls” into one general category it creates more of a divide than a unity. Not all girls agree with these tips or even care about these things, so then is that saying those who don’t relate aren’t girls? Not all girls are the same, just like not all people are the same. Haven’t we been trying to get that across for some time now? These types of lists are sending the opposite message. Continue reading