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“Just a Girl”: 16 Years Later

“Just a Girl” is a song that a lot of us who grew up in the nineties look back on fondly, but it’s not just an anthem of teenage girl rebellion for us, it’s really something that spans decades for many young women. Gwen Stefani actually wrote this song when she was in her late twenties and still living with her parents trying to make it as a musician with No Doubt. Her parents still had many of the same constricting rules they did when she was an adolescent. Imagine verging on thirty, and your parents still won’t let you go out past eleven at night. It seems like in this situation her parents would have no choice but to let her choose, but in this world many women have to fight for the right to be understood as grown adults, whether in western or in eastern countries. For that reason, “Just a Girl” is not just for teenagers, it’s for women of all ages and lives. And that’s why it’s remained popular for all these years.

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It’s more like, I liked vintage clothes and hated Ann Taylor back then…and I still do. I don’t think that’s selling out (I hate that concept). I just think you loved all her incarnations, and I did not. You’re obviously not in the minority as she has a lot of fans. But I don’t have to be one of them if I don’t want to be.

I love this song and I have loved every incarnation of Gwen. I was 15 when it came out, changing and dipping my toes into a different counterculture. I was trying to veer away from MTV and the mainstream but I loved No Doubt. But like Gwen, I’ve changed and grown up. So she loves make-up and fashion now, what’s wrong with that. I don’t mean to be rude but shouldn’t she be allowed to change, have babies, get married? I bought all my clothes at the thrift store when I was a teen. Does it mean I sold out cause I like Ann Taylor now? Just A Girl will forever bring back awesome memories but I’m not that whiny girl who wanted to stay out late anymore.

Aww, this just makes me sad that Gwen Stefani has changed so much. I loved how kick ass, smart and strong she seemed back then. Now I just read about how she has to put on make up as soon as she wakes up and how miserable she is having to work out constantly. I just don’t see the song the same way any more. :(

I remember my mum saying exactly this about “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”; how it awoke the feminist in her when she was a teenager and just completely spoke to her. She felt she was being expected to just do housework, be good at home and be good at school when boys could do so much more, and the song just put how she felt perfectly.

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