[Some spoilers for the “Mean Girls” musical ahead.]
There’s a great joke about feminism in Mark Waters’ high-school comedy classic “Mean Girls,” smashed into a key dramatic exchange. Newbie Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), deep in her first invite-only lunch with the so-called Plastics, is pumped for information by the notoriously gossip-obsessed Gretchen Wieners (Lacey Chabert). Breathlessly, Gretchen asks Cady if she’s seen any cute boys at North Shore High yet, and when Cady tells her she’s got her eye on Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett), Gretchen is overcome.
Turns out, Aaron is the ex-boyfriend of Regina George (Rachel McAdams), queen of the Plastics, and that’s just not okay. He’s off-limits, girls don’t date their friends’ ex-boyfriends. In Gretchen’s own words, that’s “just the rules of feminism.”
“Mean Girls” isn’t overtly about feminism,