You gotta take a step back and ask yourself... why do I say the things I say? Why do I act the way I do?
I asked myself this question over and over while watching this video.
When they asked people to run like a girl, for a split second, I laughed. I laughed at the idea of running like a girl, because the first image that popped into my brain was that stereotype: A girl, holding her hair, sort of skipping, and complaining about how difficult it was.
But then, maybe three seconds later, I realized that no, I don't run like that, and most girls I know don't run like that. Why would I laugh at the way girls run, when I myself am a girl, and I don't find the way I run funny at all?
And that's when I realized that society has programmed me to think that way. It's not entirely my fault to laugh at the idea of a girl running. Society, the media, the images, have programmed me into thinking that running like a girl is something to be mocked.
And going even deeper than that, society has programmed us to think that running like a girl, throwing like a girl, fighting like a girl....is an insult.
Does that mean being a girl is an insult? Does that mean that I, myself, am something to be mocked, stereotyped, placed into a box with pink sparkles, white gloves for my dainty hands. cute little white kittens, and jean miniskirts... because that's what my identity is supposed to be?
People claim that misogyny and inequality have died down recently, but tell me this: Why is it still considered improper for a girl to ask a guy out? Why can a multi-gender crowd be addressed as guys without second thought, but when addressed as girls, people would be insulted and confused?
Well, I know that one person with a different mindset CAN make a difference. So from here on out, when someone says I blog like a girl, run like a girl, fight like a girl, or just simply act like a girl, I'm going to smile real wide and say "Aw, thanks." Because I am a girl, and the phrase"like a girl" means something different for all girls.
But for me, it's a compliment.