I’ve heard it my whole life, the references about girls that imply girls are somehow less than boys. The derogatory remarks like “He runs like a girl” or “She throws like a girl”, and the statements like “Don’t be such a girl”. The other day I was at the school with my kids when my daughter’s friend told me my son had called him a girl. He was clearly upset and my son definitely didn’t mean it as a compliment. Rather than consequence my son and give in to the idea that being a girl is a bad thing, I told him that there was nothing wrong with that because girls are awesome. His mother quickly agreed and the boys moved on from their dispute.
I’m a grown woman and on an intellectual level I know that those statements mean nothing. I know that I am every bit as capable as a man and I know my daughter has just as much potential as her brothers. On an emotional level, those statements hurt me. They hurt because of what they imply but also because so they are so widely accepted. It hurts me because I don’t want my daughter to grow up being treated as if she is not as fast, as strong or as important as her male counterparts. It is time for that to stop. Watch and share this video if you agree.
Here are some pictures of my daughter doing things “like a girl”.
I can’t wait to see what photos all of you share. I know that we can make a difference!