Watch Tavi Gevinson Talk About My So-Called Life, Freaks and Geeks, and the Dearth of Complicated Teen Girls on TV

Rookie founder and high school student Tavi Gevinson gave a talk at a TEDxTeen event about "strong female characters," feminism, and how the narrow ways in which popular culture views women impacts teen girls, both in fiction and in real life. It's funny and astute, and Gevinson calls for more TV shows with complicated girl protagonists — drawing a comparison between shows from the '90s like My So-Called Life and Freaks and Geeks and the offerings on TV today. (Related: it is somehow weird to me to think of Freaks and Geeks as a "90s" show.)


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Whenever I see a post about Tavi I'm not amazed at how smart she is, I'm amazed at how dumb people seem to think teenagers are that people think she's so amazing. She's a smart girl, but smart teenaged girls are a dime a dozen (really, they are, I swear it). I just find that a lot of privilege got her to where she is today, and not very many Jezebel readers ever acknowledge that.