Posted by: emilymalley12 | January 14, 2015

Redefining What “like a girl” Means

Hi Everyone!

I came across this video last semester and it really hit home not only because I am a girl but because I was also taking a Gender Communications class. While some of you may have seen it already because it’s been around for almost a year, I just wanted to share it and have everyone think about the implications that it can have on the mindsets and dreams of young girls as they grow up and join sports teams or take on club leadership roles in middle school, high school, and college. I know that when I was growing up “like a girl” was thrown around constantly in real life situations as well as in television and movies. “Like a girl” was and continues to be used as an insult but I have come to understand it as a tool of empowerment for myself. Similarly to the way it is explained in the video, of course I am going to do things in certain ways because I do in fact identify myself as being a “girl.” It makes sense for not only women to do things like “women,” but also men to do things like “men” because that’s how we choose to identify or more importantly, choose not to identify ourselves and perform our gender in everyday life.

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  1. I find this video to be very interesting because for me it shows that “like a girl” is something that society teaches, solidifying the idea that that are certain roles that women and men should fill. “Like a girl” is being treated as an insult when in actuality this should be a complement because women are capable and strong.I think this is a very eye opening video and also a great campaigning technique for always; it’s a video that make you think.

  2. I agree with Katelyn Clark.
    At first, doing any action “like a girl” is taken as an insult. Especially at a young age when girls are trying to figure themselves out; what they want to do in life, and what interests them etc.
    I think we should embrace the phrase, and change the meaning behind it. For all the women out there; Yes we are girls, we “wake up like a girl” every morning. We should embrace our femininity and not be afraid of showing society who we are and that we too can be strong. Not every woman is the same.

  3. This clip is a breath of fresh air! It’s wonderful to see young girls being empowered by their ability rather than their gender label. I too agree with Katelyn that from this clip it is evident that society teaches girls that there is a difference between performing “like a girl” rather than a boy. It’s funny though because in this clip it was only the boys/men and older women that perceived the “like a girl” phrase in a negative manner. This small detail implies that gender ability is not discriminated against until later on in life.

    Another thing I found to be interesting was when the little boy said that “like a girl” insulted girls but not his sister. This is very intriguing to me because it makes wonder what it would be like if American society taught boys and girls like brother and sisters. From my observation and personal experience, there is a type of protection mode accompanies a sibling relationship. It is almost innate for siblings to protect one another from external harm and injustice.With this being said, I think it would be beneficial to start steering society towards viewing one another as family in order activate that innate sensation to guard those you love and identify with. By doing this, I think it could would encourage a standard of living in which men and women respect one another, therefore aiding in the effort to eliminate gender inequality.


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