Monday, September 28, 2009

High school stereotypes

In case anyone hasn't seen the new show Glee---it's pretty wonderful. Not high art, but a show that is fun. Which is sometimes just what one needs after a week of fumbling through enzyme assay design.

It has hyper-stereotypes of the effeminate gay boy with a father who isn't too thrilled about his son's choice of tiaras; a cheer coach who would murder you in your sleep to win; the bossy conceited theater star whose heart is in the right place but spends the entirety of her waking hours being bullied; the punky Asian girl who just doesn't fit in...the jocks, the cheerleaders, the microcosm of high school life magnified to the point where you can look back and say "wha? It was really like that?"

No. It wasn't. But the bits and pieces you see hyperbolized on the show, oh yes. They were there. The insecurity, the love of winning, the fear of being left behind...they're there. High school was the time when everyone was a loser in their own special way while becoming "who they were" at the same time. The interesting thing is that only some people realized this fact.

Looking back, I can say that it wasn't the best time in my life. Yet, it's not time I regret. Lots of growth, experiences, yada yada. It made jumping into a new place knowing no one (= college) a challenge I was ready for. And in some ways, that triumph over something you're terrified of -- that's what high school is all about.

And I'm sorry...but this totally makes me smile:

Glee Football Dance (single Ladies) HQ Full Video - A funny movie is a click away


Sara said...

love this post! and love Glee! and love that clip! you win all the way around. and yes, i promise that eventually i WILL call you back. :)

Rick L said...

Wha? Too much for me. Too much.

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