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I’ve been thinking about something lately.  Why is saying that someone does something “like a girl” an insult?

If you throw like a girl, you throw with incorrect form and inaccurate aim.

If you act like a girl or cry like a girl, it means you’re weak.

To be a man about something, or to man up is a positive thing.  You’re tough.  You’re taking responsibility.

I’m not a feminist.  I don’t spell woman with a y instead of an a.  I’m not going to burn my bra.  (Do people even do that anymore?  That’s so before my time.)  But why is it an insult to be like a girl?

At church on Sunday, the speaker was talking about how  he was having terrible back pain and he cried like… a little boy on his first day of Kindergarten because he missed his mommy.  I was really happy that he said that, not that  he cried like a little girl.

I’m not really casting blame here.  I’ve said those words a lot, with the same insult in my voice.  But you know what?  I’m a girl.  God made me a girl, and God doesn’t make bad stuff.

So I’m making a commitment to stop using the words like a girl as an insult.


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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  1. Pingback: Like a Girl, revisited | oldfangled

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