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University Offers a Class on “Mean Girls” – Let’s Have Our Own!

Finally, your ability to quote almost every single line from Mean Girls is going to pay off! Colorado College is offering a class titled “Queen Bees, Wannabes, and Mean Girls (CO200)“. (For those of you who didn’t already know, the Mean Girls movie is based on a book, Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World by Rosalind Wiseman.)

Here’s the course description:

Queen Bees, WannaBees, and Mean Girls explores the means and motives behind why women seek authority and the actions they are willing to take in order to hold onto it. Students will examine this concept through the use of literary works and movies, such as the 2004 film Mean Girls.

CompLit Professor Lisa Hughes teaches the two-week course for Colorado College’s Comparative Literature department. Although she first taught the class a few years ago, she decided to dig a little deeper this time around, going beyond the current incarnations of mean girls and exploring their literary history. Proving that Regina George wasn’t the first Queen Bee, Hughes highlights iconic girl groups (or duos) like Arachne and Athena, Charlie’s Angels, Lorelai and Rory, and even Lucy and Ethel.

Aside from Mean Girls, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, the class also watches Bridesmaids and the 1995 Joan Crawford film appropriately titled Queen Bee. And, yes, on Wednesdays they wear pink.

photo of Mean Girls class
“On Wednesdays, we wear pink.”

Given that most of us don’t live in Colorado, let’s have our own little impromptu Mean Girls class.

Here’s your homework, which you can turn in by posting a comment:

1) List your favorite (up to 3) “queen bee” character(s). (Mine is Rizzo from Grease.)

2) Choose a quote from Mean Girls to use for your final essay. (I’m totally joking about a final essay. Of course I’m not going to make anyone write an essay. Just pick a title.) Mine would be “Why It’s Not Okay to Just Ask People Why They’re White.”animated gif of Karen asking why are you white

3) Pop Quiz! Which Queen Bee Are You? Take this quiz and share your result! (Apparently I am Lorde. “You’re the anti-queen bee. The queen of the misfits. The queen of the outcasts. But you’re still a queen of something. People look up to you and they can because you’ll never let them down.”)

4) Extra Credit: BONUS POINTS if you post a photo of yourself wearing pink or a video of yourself singing “Jingle Bell Rock”!

This post made me feel:
  • Empathy 
  • Rage 
  • Joy 
  • Shock 
  • Awe 
  • Feels 
  • Confused 
  • Magical 
  • Inspired 
  • Hungry 

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6 thoughts on “University Offers a Class on “Mean Girls” – Let’s Have Our Own!”

  1. I didn’t see this until a couple of years ago and goodness, it’s AWESOME! But, um, yes, I’m pleading the-dog-ate-my-homework on this one. Apart from the quiz – I can manage a quiz! I got: Torrance Shipman:

    “You’re sexy! You’re cute! You’re popular to boot! You’re bitchin’. Great hair, the boys all love to stare. You’re wanted, You’re hot, You’re everything they’re not. You’re pretty, You’re cool. You dominate this school. Who are you? Just guess!”

    Erm. Yes. Hmn.

  2. 1) Julia Sugarbaker and Lorelei Gilmore are my top Queen Bees

    2) “‘Butter is a carb!’ and Other Misconceptions of Health and Beauty”

    3) You got: Alison DiLaurentis
    Yes, you’re bossy and can be mean to people who are your friends. But it’s not because you don’t like them, it’s really because you’re scared of losing control. You feel most comfortable when you’re sure of what is happening and where. Even if that means it’ll mess with other people. There is a reason why you’re called ‘Queen Ali’.

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