Meanjin: What’s in a girl?

This essay first appeared in the Winter 2018 edition of Meanjin. When she says, ‘we run this motha, girls’, Beyoncé may be onto something. The Young-Girl is everywhere in popular culture: there are the nostalgia-draped girls of Stranger Things, Riverdale and Twin Peaks; the pop-punk stylings of the Broad City girls; Lena Dunham’s Girls; the Gilmore duo; the never-ending parade of international…