Who Wants To Be The Voice Of A Generation?
ELLE Singapore|September 2018

Women who raise their head above the parapet and say it like it is are often held up as speaking for a group much larger than themselves. But that comes with a price.

Dolly Alderton

“I think I may be the voice of my generation,” Hannah Horvath tells her baffled parents over dinner, in the first-ever scene of HBO’s Girls. “Or at least a voice of a generation.” What a perfect beginning to a six-serieslong story that explored the entitlement, delusions and neuroses of women living in New York in their twenties.

It was also the beginning of another story: One where we place all our hopes, ideologies, politics, anxieties, history and future on a young female writer in the public eye as if she were a vessel of our collective identity. And while many neither identified with Horvath’s experiences, nor thought of writer Lena Dunham as their ambassador, an agenda was fixed in the public consciousness. This young woman is The Voice of a Generation.

The sweeping epithet may have famously been attached to Dunham, but it’s wriggled its way into discussions about a number of young female auteurs. There’s Taylor Swift with her break-up songs and “girl squad” feminism; Master of None’s award-winning actress and writer Lena Waithe; model and activist Adwoa Aboah, and The Hunger Games’ Amandla Stenberg. Pretty much any millennial woman who talks about her experience in an honest or unapologetic way is held up by the media as a mouthpiece for her gender in the 20-year window that makes up a generation.

HEAR, THERE, EVERYWHERE

For years now, women have been trying to fight their way through patriarchal gatekeepers and into the male-owned spaces where they have to shout to be heard. Now, though, we’ve entered a time where women are creating their own spaces in which to tell their stories, be it on social media, into a microphone on a kitchen table for a self-edited podcast or as a writer or actor on a TV programme with a female producer. It’s inevitable women finally having their voices heard has to be given its own momentous description — becoming a “voice of a generation”.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM ELLE SINGAPOREView All

You Before Me

From designing clothes to putting a stop to hunger, fashion designer Michael Kors wants to prioritise others interests before his own.

2 mins read
ELLE Singapore
October 2018

25 Ladies We Love

Many are names you know, several hail from the same clan, one a child, and another a figment of the wildest imagination. Come meet everyone!

9 mins read
ELLE Singapore
October 2018

Can A Tight Vagina Give You Great Skin?

Kundalini yogi Guru Jagat tries to explain the relationship between down-there and up-there.

1 min read
ELLE Singapore
October 2018

Nadia Chan

The co-founder of Maiko, which distributes Aussie skincare brand Canvas in Singapore, talks aromatherapy and healing stones.

1 min read
ELLE Singapore
October 2018

Who Wants To Be The Voice Of A Generation?

Women who raise their head above the parapet and say it like it is are often held up as speaking for a group much larger than themselves. But that comes with a price.

5 mins read
ELLE Singapore
September 2018

Born To Be Wild

Can your DNA explain why you need to take leave and travel so often?

5 mins read
ELLE Singapore
September 2018

Power Up Your Pantry

Gourmet ingredients are fun to buy, but which ones are really worth the price tag? Mia Chenyze discovers how they can elevate your cooking game.

3 mins read
ELLE Singapore
Aug 2018

The Vagina Dialogue

We’ve had pussyhats at the Women’s March and Instagram accounts dedicated to “snatch” lookalikes, but 22 years after The Vagina Monologues, it’s time we started talking openly about the V-word, say Nina Brochmann and Ellen Stokken Dahl.

5 mins read
ELLE Singapore
Aug 2018

She Turns Trends Into #Goals

Being a high-powered corporate finance lawyer hasn’t stopped Tan Min-Li from pursuing her many passions.

1 min read
ELLE Singapore
Aug 2018

Abraca - Alhambra

Do you know that there is a surefire way to getting lucky? 

2 mins read
ELLE Singapore
Aug 2018
RELATED STORIES

Hot Plots Preview!

What Will Happen

4 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
January 31, 2022

B&B: BROOKE CONFESSES TO HOPE

Brooke finally spills the beans to Hope about her night with Deacon, and the revelation rocks her daughter’s world.

2 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
January 31, 2022

BEHIND the SCENES!

Social snaps of stars on set.

1 min read
Soap Opera Digest
January 31, 2022

DAYS: RAFE IS ARRESTED

Nicole and Rafe speculate about Ava setting him up as a crooked cop.

2 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
January 31, 2022

GH PREVIEW: LAURA PREPARES FOR BATTLE WITH VICTOR

Family Feud: Laura (Francis) is set on protecting Spencer (Nicholas Chavez) from Victor.

2 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
January 31, 2022

Girl Interrupted

Linsey Godfrey Opens Up About Leaving DAYS — And Getting The Call To Return.

6 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
January 31, 2022

THIS WEEK IN SOAP OPERA HISTORY

Digest looks back on standout moments from the past.

1 min read
Soap Opera Digest
January 31, 2022

Y&R: MARIAH PROPOSES TO TESSA

Tessa shows up at Crimson Lights, where Sharon shares her excitement over Tessa and Mariah’s decision to adopt.

1 min read
Soap Opera Digest
January 31, 2022

trask master

Tina Huang chronicles her journey to playing DAYS’s Melinda.

8 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
January 31, 2022

AMAZON PLANS A CLOTHING STORE FOR A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MALL

Amazon says it plans to open a clothing store in a Southern California mall later this year, a first for the online behemoth and a fresh challenge for already struggling traditional retailers.

2 mins read
Techlife News
January 22, 2022