Twitter’s Response To This Piece of Advice For Young Women Was Perfect
This week an article was published entitled “Be Cleopatra not a Kardashian, girls advised.”
Apparently a leading headteacher thinks Shakespeare’s heroines are better role models than the Kardashians and Taylor Swift. Headteacher Jane Lunnon said it was “concerning” that her pupils looked up to reality stars, compared to Shakespeare’s female characters “who wield power and influence in a man’s world”.
But when the article was shared on Twitter, it didn’t go down well.
— K Joffre ★ (@meanhood) October 5, 2016
People were quick to point out that maybe Cleopatra isn’t the best role model.
Mate, she killed herself at the end https://t.co/IdgjKi4XwS
— Dawn Foster (@DawnHFoster) October 5, 2016
Like, at all.
Be a hereditary ruler of a colonising dynasty who refuses to learn your subjects' language, girls advised https://t.co/iR5bm6YNoV
— Dr Brooke Magnanti (@belledejour_uk) October 5, 2016
Because who wants to be a successful businesswoman, right???
kill yourself instead of becoming a media mogul, highly successful businessman, and mother https://t.co/WZr1H4zkQA
— ((⚆·̫⚆‧̣̥̇)) (@alisonrapp) October 5, 2016
Why be like ~worst role model ever~ Kim Kardashian when you can pretend to be a statue? 🤔
@BBCNewsEnts Give up your dream of becoming a nun to marry a tyrant you don't love! Pretend to be a statue till your husband behaves himself
— Hillary's Klingon (@Seelieham) October 5, 2016
@BBCNewsEnts You're totally right. I'm going to go stab myself through the thigh and let it go septic right now. This proves my worthiness.
— BLOCKED BY VOYA X 2! (@SaundraMitchell) October 5, 2016
Many pointed out that though some of Shakespeare’s heroines are brilliant, they don’t exactly have a fab time.
Ophelia – drowned
Juliet – stabs herself to death
Cordelia – murdered
Desdemona – murdered by husband
Cleopatra – kills herself with snake https://t.co/1AdzQCVmBz
— The English Major (@Audenary) October 5, 2016
Oh. And they’re not REAL.
cool to know people think white man's fictional characters > successful, actually real business woman @BBCNewsEnts
— Tauriq Moosa (@tauriqmoosa) October 5, 2016
It was also pointed out that Cleopatra would’ve, in Shakespeare’s time, been played by a man…
@BBCNewsEnts Especially when you consider the fact that those heroines were male – there were no girls on the Globe Theatre stage.
— Ralf Bülow (@RalfBuelow) October 6, 2016
Finally, some asked the important question: do young women really need any more people telling them what they can and can’t do?
@BBCNewsEnts young women should "model" themselves on whoever each of them pleases. or no one. my vote is "no one." Find who u are, be that.
— Game of Thornes (@GeoffThorne) October 5, 2016
The answer is no.
— Princess Tomboy (@pennypentan) October 5, 2016
🙄🙄🙄🙄 leave girls alone https://t.co/7pDN306sVY
— Lauren Chief Elk (@ChiefElk) October 5, 2016