When people think of the phrase “like a girl”, stereotypes and less than behaviors come to mind.
I’m guilty of this, me, a girl who fights against those very stereotypes. But not in the way you’re probably thinking. It’s not that I think the actual action of doing something “like a girl” equates to doing something less than the male counterpart. It’s the phrase itself. Society has created a picture for what doing something “like a girl” looks like. I mean, it’s referred to often in the media, by our male family members and friends, by sport coaches and by whoever else attempts to explain an action they see as being performed poorly or mediocre. I am surprised (but grateful) that it is not a defined phrase in the urban dictionary (and I looked…).
So no, I do not think a girl doing something is mediocre or less than a boy’s doing of that same task. Often times, girls excel at the things guys challenge them to. So I definitely believe in the anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything better than you!
I just sometimes forget that the phrase “like a girl” has an underlying meaning to it — one that is demeaning, objectifying and irritably unacceptable to the female gender.
So as a reminder to us of what doing something like a girl really looks like, I have posted this cool Always™ video below. Always™ reminds us that doing something “like a girl”, like running, should not be confused with failing or sucking at running nor should it be confused with exerting little to no effort. Doing something “like a girl”, like throwing a ball, should not be confused with throwing a ball in a cute, submissive manner. Doing something “like a girl”… well watch the video and be reminded by 10 year-old normal, everyday girls what doing something “like a girl” really looks like.
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What do you think? Has your perception of doing something “like a girl” changed? How do you feel about girls and their ability to do both “gender” and “non-gender” specific tasks, like styling their hair, playing basketball, washing dishes, etc.?
Please forward and share this post with your friends and family, guys and girls, and especially young girls between the ages of 3-18. It’s never too early or too late to show girls and women what doing something like a girl really looks like. Have a dialogue with them. Ask them their thoughts, share with them your thoughts. Everyone needs to see this powerful commercial, please help us spread it with love!
P.S. >> I’ll ALWAYS Walk, talk, Lead, perform, Succeed, cry, Laugh, explore, Inspire and Create “LIKE A GIRL” ♥