The American Girl is a phenomenon that’s taken the world by storm.
The most-read article of 2017 so far on the website, the title alone sums up the zeitgeist of the moment: “America’s girl.”
But just as a young girl’s love of the outdoors is at the heart of the story, so too is the love of adventure, adventure in a way.
As the title suggests, the American Girl’s adventure has been to the moon, to the top of Mount Everest, and beyond.
The young woman, born in 1961, was inspired by her father to write a book about his life and love of flying in the 1960s and ’70s, and she wrote a screenplay about it, too.
The film adaptation, starring Amy Poehler, is slated to be released in 2018.
(The title itself is a nod to the American Airlines pilot who was killed on the first leg of the first spaceflight, as well as to the fact that the book has been a hit with readers.)
And in recent years, the Girl has also become the object of a much-debated and controversial internet meme.
It has been popular with younger women and even some men who are more than a little enamored with the adventure and the adventure-seeking.
Some of the most popular tweets have centered around the title and the “America” in it, as though the book’s main characters were somehow related.
“America, you are the best thing that ever happened to the world.
The Girl is the greatest.”
“You’re the one that got us into space.
America, you’re the best.
You’re the first country in the world to put women in space.
And now you’ve taken us to Mars.
So I think you’re going to be great, America.”
“America has always been an inspiring, empowering country.
But it’s never been this big and beautiful and so powerful.”
“The Girl is now our nation’s hero.”
And yet, there’s a lot of people who say that “America is now the girl.”
“A lot of the people who have made this a big deal are women, who are being misidentified as the heroine of the book,” says Hannah M. Green, a professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of Washington and author of the forthcoming book “The American Girl: A Novel of Feminist Thought.”
“When the book came out, it was actually the only girl’s book in the entire world.
I mean, we can go all the way back to Jane Austen, who wrote the first novel of her own, the Pride and Prejudice.
She was a woman.
It was not until the late 1800s that we had an actual female hero.
The world is a little bit more open now for us to see women, women in leadership roles, and we see them take on roles that were traditionally reserved for men.
And they’re not even the only ones doing it.
We see women in the military and the public sector, too, and women who are just as good, if not better, than men at their professions.
I think we have a long way to go to get there.”
In the United States, the “girl” moniker has become an unofficial badge of honor.
It is also a common misperception among many younger people who find themselves as the object.
“The idea that this book has become a kind of symbol for feminism in general has not been borne out by the work,” says Green.
“And it has been very divisive.”
“It’s really easy to find fault with the book.
And you have to be a little more careful.
But I think there’s also a lot to be said for the idea that the ‘American Girl’ is something to be proud of.”
There’s an obvious tension between the “American Girl” and the other women and men who have been the subject of the meme.
For years, young girls have been told that if they want to be successful in the male-dominated world, they have to put their careers first.
“It feels like an oxymoron, to me, to think that a female person is doing everything they can to take on all the things that men do,” says Liz Dearden, a writer and producer who created the popular reality show “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”
“They have a right to do what they want.
They have a certain degree of entitlement.
They should be able to take whatever the hell they want, but it’s not necessarily about the money.”
“There’s a whole lot of girls out there who don’t know anything about careers.
And I don’t think that’s a problem.”
But many people who’ve encountered the meme say it’s only a matter of time before it takes root in other settings.
“I’m sure that it’s going to take a lot more than ‘America