WOMEN
10/09/2014 09:14 am ET Updated Oct 09, 2014

The 'Cool Girl' Is Not Fiction, But A Phase

Recently a friend ran into a woman we all knew in our twenties as a so-called "Cool Girl." She braced herself for the typical performance-art femininity—"dude in a hot girl's body" ready to party with suspicious, irritating gusto—and was startled to find herself speaking to a grownup who seemed pretty together. Down to earth, even.

I realized then what I had always suspected: The Cool Girl has an expiration date, and it is round about your thirties, when you either simply grow up by virtue of existing a few years more on earth, or realize it is hella tiresome to keep pretending you don't have any feelings or long-term goals to be desirable to a certain breed of dude.

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