5 Lessons I Learned From She’s The Man

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Well, I mean, speaking as a completely objective third-party outsider with absolutely no personal interest in the matter…

The 10th anniversary of the DVD release of She’s the Man is today, July 18th. Adapted from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, this modern romantic comedy still offers relevant advice ten years later. So, uh…do you like cheese?


 

1. Etiquette.

Remember, chew like you have a secret! Viola, but mainly Olivia, teaches us the importance of manners: put your napkin in your lap, take small bites of food and if you ever find yourself in a tousle, use your words, not violence. However, if you do end up fighting in the ladies room, try to use your indoor voices. Otherwise, you will inevitably get caught.

 

2. Flow is flow.

Ask me if I like cheese! Ok. Do you like cheese? Why, yes I do. My favorite’s Gouda! It doesn’t really matter what you talk about, as long as you keep going with the conversation. Sometimes talking about the most random subjects can end up being the most fun and often provides you with hilarious inside jokes later on. The first step of “adulting” is becoming a good conversationalist!

 

3. Not all ladies love heels!

Sometimes, soccer cleats are so much more comfortable. Remember what Viola tells her mom on the phone: “Heels are a male invention designed to make a woman’s butt look smaller. And to make it harder for them to run away.” Whether you love heels or hate them, you keep doing you. Even though they make it difficult to run away, Viola demonstrates, in the bathroom fight, that you can trip people with heels, or even throw heels at people.

 

4. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!

Never let sexist jerks — or any jerks for that matter — keep you from pursuing your dreams! If you dream of a career as a musician and want to sneak off with your band to London, do it!! If you want to become the next best female soccer player, but your team was cut, join the boys’ team! No matter your passion, just go for it! Like Sebastian says, “If you wanna chase your dreams, sometimes you have to break the rules.”

 

5. Be a good person.

It does not matter what gender you are; anyone is capable of being kind. We are all humans, and we all need to be nice, respectable people. As our boy Channing Tatum says, “Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Since everyone is great, do not make people feel inferior because of their gender.

Tiffanie Snyder

My name is Tiffanie Snyder! Studying Media, Culture, and Communications (MCC) at NYU as a twentysomething, I spend my time immersing myself in any kind of movie, book, or magazine I can find. Chai tea is my beverage of choice, and I love almost all food. I have a Pomeranian named Tackle. Join me on my roadtrip down Twentysomething lane.

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