Wednesday 28 September 2016

What Girl Power means to me...

Published 07/07/2016 | 02:30

Niamh Farrell, singer, HamsandwicH

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"I absolutely loved the Spice Girls. They probably started out as 'let's put some sexy ladies in nice clothes and make them sing pop songs', but that all changed for sure. I think it really did help towards women wanting to be looked at as equal, it almost gave us all a bigger voice to say 'Yeah I'm a girl, and I'll be whoever I want to be'."

Jenny Greene, 2FM presenter

"It was such a different time back then, and we were very innocent and naïve, but we did feel more deadly after hearing 'Wannabe'. Everyone identified with one of them. The lovely thing about them is that they weren't inappropriate, and it helped to make little girls feel on top of the world."

Louise O'Neill, novelist

"They were, with their massive shoes and loud cackling laughter, a force to be reckoned with. There was something so exciting about their irreverence, their seemingly unfailing belief in the Girl Power message. Girls can be anything they want to be, was what I internalised. As an adult, I can see the cracks in the Spice Girls facade. There's something ironic about being introduced to a pseudo-feminism by a band manufactured by a male svengali. But still, having said that, I will always be grateful to them because they did introduce me to feminism in some small way."

Lisa McInerney, novelist

"I was 14-going-on-15 when 'Wannabe' was released, so at the optimum age for lessons on Girl Power. But even then I knew the Spice Girls were an outfit put together to sell me stuff. It was less about feminism and more about the commodification of femininity, and being more of a Radiohead mope I didn't buy any of it: the stupid shoes, the infantilisation or the tie-in Impulse body spray. And how could they teach me anything when 'Jagged Little Pill' had already been out for a year? "

Irish Independent

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