About This Site
This website was created as a part of a writing course at Michigan State University. It is designed for college-aged students who are interested in learning about the way the highly influential film, Mean Girls, affected our coming of age as a generation. The site may be more applicable to women since the film’s main characters are predominantly female. However, many of the themes can be applied to males since the high school experience is something shared by both genders. We hope to capture the many ways in which our generation connected with the different cliques in Mean Girls, what we learned from them and how it has shaped us as adults. As young girls, many of us were able to relate to some aspect of the film; whether it was deciding to wear pink on Wednesdays or simply dealing with that “mean girl” in the cafeteria, we identified with the film, which is what made it into the coming of age classic that it is today. Within the site you will find an analyzation of a few of the many cliques found in North Shore High School and the different ways in which each of them came of age, as well as a few interviews in order to discuss the reception of the film.
Meet The Authors
My name is Neena Rouhani and I am a freshman studying sociology at Michigan State University. I was 9 years old when the film Mean Girls came into theatres and it basically ran my life from 5th through 7th grade. Throughout the past few years, I have found that many of my girlfriends had similar experiences with the film and could identify with the struggles faced by the characters. We decided to choose this topic in order to revisit this film that affected our behavior and actions during our adolescent years. Looking back, if there was a high school clique I had to put myself in, it would definitely be the girls who ate their feelings since flaming hot cheetos and faygo red pop were my number one support system.
My name is Hannah Guyer and I am a freshman Biosystems Engineering major at Michigan State University. Mean Girls has had the same impact on me that it has had on many of the girls in my generation. When the movie came out my friends and I were obsessed and could hardly go two sentences without finding a way to work in a Mean Girls' quote. And yes, my friends and I did coordinate and wear pink one Wednesday. We chose this topic because it something both we, and many people of our generation, can relate to and something I do believe influenced my coming of age, even if I did not realize it at the time. If I had to pick a clique to associate my high school self with, it would have to be the yearbook nerds because there was hardly a time you could catch me without a camera.
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- Fisher, Katie-Lynn. Personal interview. 21 Apr. 2014.
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- Marzolf, Ted. Personal interview. 20 Apr. 2014.
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