Girls just want… Well, a number of things, actually

I would never wish flight delays on anyone, except perhaps on people stuck at departure gates in the company of pop icons who don’t mind singing live and unaccompanied over the airport intercom. Which is exactly what Cyndi Lauper did a few days ago at an airport in Buenos Aires.

Girls DO just want to have fun. They also want their planes to take off on time. And they want access to affordable reproductive healthcare. And equal pay for equal work. And a cultural vision of female beauty that includes more than .005% of the population. And a model of masculinity that is more complex than “no sissy stuff.” Ok, so girls – ahem, women – want a lot of things besides to just have fun. But still, if Cyndi Lauper offers you a free live sing-along show, you don’t say no to that.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

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