It is the unspoken laws of female interaction, a deep and ancient understanding that one will always pass toilet paper under the cubicle door, and always, always let a fellow female know if she has food in her teeth.
But this new world is tilting on its axis, goddamit, because this week someone let Katy Perry walk the red carpet with quinoa littered throughout her perfect white teeth.
Yesterday, Katy uploaded a super close-up of a red carpet shot from the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Instagram, along with the caption, “Currently taking applications for real friends who aren’t afraid to tell me there’s quinoa in my teeth.”
Aside from the fact someone totally got fired for letting her toothy grin loose with a handful of quinoa along for the ride, Katy has called into question the very existence of Girl Code.
Did it die out there, somewhere between the release of Mean Girls and the advent of Snapchat rivalries? IS GIRL CODE DEAD?
Girl Code was the unofficial sixth subject in high school. Rated in difficulty somewhere behind Maths but above Home Ec, the Code was taught in a complex system of death stares, hastily scrawled notes in class, and emphatic lunchbreak bitching.
“Can you BELIEVE she let me walk out to the pool with my tampon string hanging out?” would moan one girl, as the other five took a mental note to never let anyone walk around with a tampon string hanging out.