A few years ago a humble little Tumblr blog called Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling launched, featuring images of the dreamy, blue-eyed, well-toned actor with imagined lovey-dovey quotes from him to you, the girlfriend: “Hey Girl, if I had to get swine flu, I’d want to get it from you.” It hasn’t been updated in months, but it doesn’t have to be: It spawned a thousand spinoff Gosling “Hey Girl” sites to keep you satisfied: Feminist Ryan Gosling (our favorite, and the one with a book deal), Typographer Ryan Gosling, Shakespearean Ryan Gosling, the list goes on and on… (See Know Your Meme for a more complete history.)
Girls, are you ready to change the world? No, really. You can — and you’ll hardly be alone. Just take a look at the Hey Girl, What Have You Done Lately? Tumblr for inspiration. There’s Wonder Woman, that Amazonian warrior princess who always gets the bad guys — and can hold her own in the über-male world of superheroes. (Not to mention Lynda Carter, the strong and beautiful actress who played her.) And let’s not forget Julia Child, who singlehandedly elevated the level of American cuisine while inventing the concept of celebrity-chef TV star.