When I sat down to write this post about self-respect, I Googled “Joan Didion curiously exempt,” to find a quote from Didion’s essay “On Self-Respect.” The first result was, of course, Vogue magazine: the publishing powerhouse had originally printed her essay in 1961. Upon opening the tab to read her words, Kendall Jenner’s made-up babyface greeted me. Kendall is 19 and she’s constantly being told—by the media, her family, strangers on Twitter, bitter models-turned-writers, the world at large, and now me—how to respect herself. Here are a few honest takes on self-respect that I wish I’d understood when I was a teenage girl.
1. “Drama” is a word that concerns things and people that aren’t worth your time
Don’t even stoop to use it to say how much you hate it: if you watch any reality TV, you know how annoying it is to hear the stars say “I…