If scientists could find a way to harness the power of girls supporting girls, maybe we wouldn't have a clean energy problem. According to popular wisdom, every woman has an inner queen bee in search of backs to stab, but clearly, this perception was created by people who never had the privilege of being admired by a drunk lady in the bathroom. (It's a super uplifting experience — I highly recommend it.) In a society where women are pitted against each other all to often, is there anything as wholesome as watching them support each other instead?
The answer, obviously, is a resounding nope. If you don't believe me, believe the stories Twitter users are sharing this week about their encouraging encounters with other women. The anecdotes may be simple, but they show just how easy it is to make someone's day.
On Saturday night, Arizona teen Anyssa Richardson tweeted about someone's reaction when Richardson complimented her about her nails. Instead of accepting the compliment and moving on, the girl whipped out her phone, pulled up the address of the salon where she had her nails done, and showed Richardson a photo of the building. "THATS [sic] girls supporting girls," Richardson tweeted.
i asked this girl where she got her nails done&she googled the exact address & showed me a pic of the building THATS girls supporting girls— slug boy (@ghostgrI) August 6, 2017
The story caught the attention of other users, receiving more than 20,000 likes on Twitter. While some users commented to say the girl was just answering the question, most people agreed that she was being supportive. She could have kept her beauty tips to herself, but she chose to make darn sure Richardson would be able to look as nice as her.
most girls just go "ummm i don't remember, its some place" bc they dont want you to get good like them :-/— andrea (@CHLOROFORMIZE) August 8, 2017
Richardson's story was so cute, it inspired other women to share their own experiences. One user tweeted that a total stranger once gave her a flower patch straight off her outfit.
Once I complimented a girl i'd never met on her adorable flower patches and she said one would look cute on my hat so she gave it to me— Pastel princess ✨ (@BecklezYaaas) August 8, 2017
Another described the moment two strangers checked in to make sure she knew a man was following her in his car. (She was totally fine — it was her male roommate.)
my male roommate was following my car and two girls in the car next to me noticed and pulled down a window at a stoplight to ask if i was ok— Nancy Pham (@nancyphamcy) August 10, 2017
Then there was the time a hair stylist did a bride's hair on a whim in a random bathroom.
...and this stylist from the event was in the bathroom and just redid her hair for her so she could go to her reception looking amazing <3— J. Westenberg (@Jonwestenberg) August 10, 2017
As I mentioned above, it's a scientifically proven law that drunk girls give the best compliments.
and they all came back to me and complimented every inch of me and then hung with with me for three hours x— katie alexandra 🌻 (@katiefoxbyrne) August 10, 2017
To be fair, though, sober girls give surprisingly badass birthday presents.
This one time, I was at a gaming con on my birthday & when this girl I'd just met that day learned it was my bday she gave me a SWORD.— Cheyenne (@IvyVine009) August 10, 2017
One woman tweeted that once, she complimented someone's lipstick in a club, and the next thing she knew, the woman was applying it for her. This anecdote became even more popular than the initial one; by Thursday, it received more than 117,000 likes on Twitter.
I asked a girl what lipstick she was wearing in a club bathroom and she pulled it out and applied it on me so nicely I love girls https://t.co/QnY9LukDBF— Hallie Hall (@Hal_Bal9000) August 6, 2017
Are you feeling feminist feelings yet? Because everyone else is.
Girls supporting girls is what i live for pic.twitter.com/bW9qFEkaBr— saloni (@oohsehunftw) August 8, 2017
i told a girl i liked her bracelet before and she pulled one out of her bag, said "i have hundreds of these" and put it on my wrist pic.twitter.com/p11xarROG7— jay (@yifanstwt) August 8, 2017
Well, maybe not everyone. Some users chimed in with stories of women totally shutting them down.
@JuliaPerrelli14 I asked a girl what perfume she was wearing bc it smelled good and she didn't answer me and walked away— Hannah Magson (@hannahmagson_) August 8, 2017
I asked this girl what the summer assignment was for school and she said " I have a boyfriend"— Timmy Thick👦 (@timsterzz) August 8, 2017
But it's safe to say they're missing the point a bit. The idea is to celebrate the times girls have supported each other, and judging from the tweets above, there are plenty of these instances to choose from. So next time you feel the urge to compliment another woman — or anyone, for that matter — go for it. Who knows? You might end up as someone's Twitter anecdote one day.