Famous Cool Girls are women who became stars during periods of societal anxiety over increasing freedoms for women, and as people quietly wondered whether women, once emancipated, would become homely, castrating bitches. Law backlash for months, but if and when it comes, it’ll have less to do with Lawrence and more to do with the need for a new articulation of the Cool Girl to keep the myth alive.Cool Girls have been proof positive that a woman could be liberated and progressive and yet pleasing to men, both in appearance and in action. This is an anxiety that needs constant soothing, and one star can provide only so much reassurance.You probably know someone playing a Cool Girl in real life, and you probably resent her — unless you’re a straight dude, in which case you probably think she’s great.But Lawrence performs Cool Girlness with such skill, such seamlessness, that it doesn’t seem like a performance at all.
She had short, flaming red hair, a thick Brooklyn accent, and horrible manners; instead of dining with the stodgy Hollywood elite, she spent her weekends hanging out at the USC football games, flirting with the players, including a young, pre-stardom John Wayne.
Bow didn’t fit the Hollywood mold — but then, over the course of three manic years, she transformed the mode entirely.
The vamp and the good girl were out; the flapper, of which Bow was labeled the most vibrant example, was in.
From that point forward, I was powerless before her charm. Specifically, a book by Gillian Flynn called Gone Girl (currently being developed into a David Fincher movie), in which a main character describes a very particular yet familiar archetype:“Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want.
But what made that exact moment — and others like it — so effective? Anne Hathaway, who also won an Oscar that night for Best Supporting Actress, is a veritable charm machine. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.”The Cool Girl has many variations: She can have tattoos, she can be into comics, she might be really into climbing or pickling vegetables.