The student news site of The Archer School for Girls

The Oracle

The Latest
The student news site of The Archer School for Girls

The Oracle

The student news site of The Archer School for Girls

The Oracle

Instagram Feed
Email Subscription

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Are we raised in a society obsessed with retail and fame, so much so that it has become part of an important coming-of-age ritual? Or is a Sweet 16 party just as culturally important as a Latin American Quinceañera celebration? The Oracle conducted a survey to find out what it is about the Sweet 16 that makes it so sweet. 

An Oracle survey found that the majority (72.5%) of Archer girls in tenth grade or above have experienced a Sweet 16 extravaganza, celebrated by either their friends or themselves. The term “Sweet 16” brings dresses and glitter to mind, but more than half of these occasions are in simple restaurant settings—food and gifts, what more could you ask for?

When asked why some consider the Sweet 16 a big deal, student answers varied. The largest portion said that it’s simply because it’s fun, but a close second said that it’s a combination of people wanting attention, an American obsession with fame, and personal reasons.

A girl makes the first cake cut on her Quinceañera Source:
A girl makes the first cake cut on her Quinceañera

The Quinceañera, a Latin American celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday, marks her transition from childhood to womanhood. The celebration has structure and culture behind it, with ceremonies like the father changing her flats to heels.

Seeing as the Quinceañera came first on the party train, the Oracle asked how students believe the Sweet 16 and the Quinceañera differ. The largest portion said that “one has ethnic background,” followed by “they are based on different ideas” and “one has value while the other is just a party.” Of course some place significant value in the Sweet 16 and hey, why not? One Archer student says, “I want one because it’s a big party and parties are fun. I like how you can kind of customize it according to your personality.”

Despite the difference in cultural backgrounds, the Sweet 16 and Quinceañera are really just big parties marking a girl’s coming of age. The shoes, the dresses, the lights, the dancing… it’s all in good fun. After all, girls do just want to have fun.


Leave a Comment
More to Discover

Comments (0)

As part of Archer’s active and engaged community, the Editorial Board welcomes reader comments and debate and encourages community members to take ownership of their opinions by using their names when commenting. However, in order to ensure a diverse range of opinions, the editorial board does allow anonymous comments on articles as long as the perspective cannot be obtained elsewhere, and they are respectful and relevant. We do require a valid, verified email address, which will not be displayed, but will be used to confirm your comments. Because we are a 6-12 school, the Editorial Board reserves the right to omit profanity and content that we deem inappropriate for our audience. We do not publish comments that serve primarily as an advertisement or to promote a specific product. Comments are moderated and may be edited in accordance with the Oracle’s profanity policy, but the Editorial Board will not change the intent or message of comments. They will appear once approved.
All The Oracle Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *