bookshop, in the fantastic “The teens on Tumblr are all right,” The Kernel (via elizabethminkel)
I was thinking about this the other day. My little sister is in a Miniature Horse Club at school, like literal real miniature horses that they take to competitions and stuff.
Pretty much all of the kids in that club are young girls. And it would be really easy to presume that they’re all there because they’re ‘horse crazy’ and shallow little girls going through a phase. We could all laugh at their obviously silly obsession with adorable animals.
But man, these girls work so hard for the club. They are on a roster to take care of the horses, which takes up hours both in school and out of school. Training the horses is a serious job and requires a /lot/ of patience. Competitions require sacrificing weekends, often getting up really early to get there on time and then waiting around for hours for their session. The club is divided into teams and team-leaders are expected to really lead their team, help every one out and report at the end of the semester on how their team is going.
I’m not gonna lie, the first time I heard of the club I laughed and pictured a bunch of giggly teeny-boppers cooing over how cute their ponies were. And yeah, they are mostly a bunch of teeny-boppers and yeah, they think the horses are adorable. But they are also dedicated, and patient, and clever and treat the club more seriously than a lot of adults treat their hobbies. It’s so easy to see stereotypes when really, to quote the OP, we should remember that these girls contain multitudes.
reblogging for awesome girls and horses and girls and horses together. laureninspace, stopmoving, kishmet, remember when we did our amazing fandomspotting episode about horses and we wound up talking about how important the narrative of teen girls bonding with horses is one of the most empowering narratives we have in our culture? So much love. <3
(also reblogging for “awesome girls and horses and girls and horses together.” ALWAYS.)