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The Spice Girls are reuniting - and as a 90's teenager, I should be over the moon

The drive to make all things 90's desirable again has proved so strong, it has caught up mega girl group of the decade, the Spice Girls, on the end of its over-sized, mannish shirt tails.

The news that all five of the Spice Girls had been spotted meeting at Geri Halliwell's house in Hertfordshire for the first time in six years, was delivered with a high kick of joy by the media at the end of last week. We were told this was concrete evidence that Posh, Sporty, Scary, Ginger and Baby were getting back together and a photo of them all posing together on Instagram was absolute living proof.

Rumour has it they have all been paid a mighty generous £10million each to reform but this could be the most perplexing of reunions yet. With 80's and 90's bands reforming for one-off concerts and greatest hits albums all the time, we have been informed that the Spice Girls are getting back together to work on a number of projects - maybe a talent show, endorsing products and working on shows in China. But whilst much has been made of the fact Victoria Beckham has refused to sing, it looks like the others won't be doing much of that either. There is no tour or new music in the pipeline.

Nevertheless social commentators have heralded the return of the girl group as coming at the most appropriate of times, to a back drop of women's marches, the #MeToo social media campaign and numerous 'Time's Up' demonstrations at awards ceremonies - in short women's rights has not been so prominent in the media for decades.

And yet, since the Spice Girls left the scene, feminism has become far less "slam it to the left if you're having a good time" and a little more "rot in hell you filthy, rotten scoundrel". It is a timely reminder, as we look to celebrate 100 years since women were given the vote this week, just how much and so little we have achieved.

We only have to look to the news story hitting the papers this morning (Monday) that the allocation of funding for celebrations of the centenary year of the suffrage movement has been slammed as 'shambolic' by women's groups, to see that whilst we live in a culture where we actively say we support women's rights, our actions are far behind the words we are speaking. It's a little hard to see how roaring out 'Girl Power' and pinching Prince Charles' bottom is going to address that.

But perhaps I am being hasty. I think back to my 14-year-old self when the Wannabe video was shown for the first time on Top of the Pops and I remember thinking, this is the best thing I have ever seen. It is easy to be sniffy about the Spice Girls because they can so easily be pigeon-holed as cheap, vacuous pop.

The truth is they were far more than that to not just me, but to all my friends, and millions of young girls, and boys, across the globe. They inspired within us a sense of invincibility, of camaraderie -their pop songs were our armour against the world. Perhaps this was far less about the Spice Girls and more to do with being young, but whatever the source of it, we certainly could do with a good dose of it now.

It would have been far easier to have discussed lip gloss as the big retro trend. It is quite lovely - giving as it does, a slick of sticky, shimmery shine. But it's not so good however, when you go out in the wind.


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