Men and the Myth of the Simple Girl
Once and for all: Why do Pinoy men love the idea of The Simple girl?
It’s a cliché as old as showbiz: Host Extraordinaire sits Eligible Actor down on the tell-all couch, and, after all the questions on self-reflection and whatnot, asks him about his dream girl. Eligible Actor demurs and says, “Anghanapkolangtalaga ay simple girl.”
Does this legendary creature even exist? A friend—whose taste in girls, he felt, were similar to his taste in music: offbeat, quirky, indie— wanted to find out for himself. His reasoning went beyond curiosity: A non-indie, non-quirky, non-offbeat girl, he thought, wouldn’t be the headache that he’d experienced indie, quirky, offbeat girls to be. “Kung sabagay,” he added, “Bakamas okayngang manligaw sataongiba saiyo. Opposites attract, ’diba?”
And here we run into the inherent problem that comes with the term “simple girl.” Remember, simple is also the “kind” word once used to refer to the mentally-troubled, as if the word was doing them Cosmopolitan a favor. It’s a problem that becomes even clearer when you consider the more unkind version of the simple girl label—the “basic bitch.” You know the type: has straight, waterfall hair, orders only carbonara and iced tea, wears department store long-sleeves to work, has Top-40 musical tastes, is quiet, “low maintenance,” utterly plain, and very, very boring.
In other words, the simple girl is the girl who doesn’t deserve a seat at the cool table, because she isn’t fashionable enough, cultured enough, poised enough, confident enough, or pretty enough. She’s the girl who won’t pass such elitist, classist standards, perookaylang,
simple girl august 2016