When did being a girl become offensive?
By Emily Byrd, Zoe Cox, and Lauren Penington
“Don’t be such a girl.” A term that has become common in our society. It’s meant to be an insult, something degrading, as if comparing people to feminine status is somehow lowering their worth. When did being referred to anything feminine become an insult? When did being masculine become required?
“You hit like a girl.”
“You run like a girl.”
These sentences, among many others, have grown like weeds, sprouting from the shadows of discrimination and fear. Those who use them are typically afraid to show vulnerability, thinking it will alienate them from their masculine peers, instead insulting those who do. Somewhere along the way, this verbal abuse spiraled out of control, escalating to a point where it has become a major issue. It has expanded to almost every topic. When they feel someone is inferior it is now an almost automatic response to degrade them in such a way.
“You’re acting like a girl.”
“You throw like a girl.”
Vulnerability, mental weakness, and lack of strength are a few situations in which people would use these insults. Does this mean being a girl is equivalent to weakness? And when did being called these things become offensive? Being referred to as anything feminine shouldn’t be insulting, it shouldn’t feel as if it can hinder your ability to do anything. Being a girl is powerful, not something to mock or to abuse.
Redefine what it means to be a girl, to “throw like a girl”, to “run like a girl”, to “hit like a girl”. Leave behind the insults and the side comments made to offend the receiver, show people what it really means to be “like a girl”. #LikeAGirl