Wednesday, 26 August 2015

I Blog Like a Girl

Sometimes, you just gotta take a step back.
 
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.

-Oakstar

13 comments:

  1. <3 This is such an important message to know; I actually have a post planned on the first of September based on gender equality. I'm glad to here that being a girl isn't an insult; it really isn't. Times are changing, and we're entering a world with changing times.

    xoxo Morning

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    1. Being a girl should never be an insult! Sadly, society has groomed us to think it is... which is really sad. So excited to read your post!

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  2. Great post! It's such a amazing message - I did a post on gender equality too recently! I wish girls stopped feeling less capable merely because of their gender, and I'm appalled at how most young girls aren't taught that they should believe in themselves. You've been posting often recently, so keep it up! :) xx

    Shine on,
    GirlRadio

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    1. Thank you! I saw it, and it was great. Thanks, I'll try!

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  3. Oakstar, my gosh this was amazing. It hit me straight in the feels. Gender equality i feel gets pushed aside a lot, yet it's one of the most important issues out there.

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! Yes, I totally agree.

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  4. Feminism is something of a dirty word, and I used to see it that way. But to be honest, gender equality actually IS an issue, and there's no justice in ignoring it when there are signs of inequality in regular ingrained societal ideas today.

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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    1. Sadly, feminism is viewed as a bad word in today's society- people view it, as a girl I knew put it, as a pack of huntresses that hate all men. It's entirely different from that! Yes, gender equality is certainly an issue.

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  5. Gender equality is definitely not an issue that many people are aware of, but it is important in our world today. I saw the video you linked a little over a year ago, and it really got me thinking about gender equality, and about the statement "like a girl". Great post!

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  6. I've seen this video recently as well and to be honest it shocked me a bit. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, it starts with little boys mocking girls and continues with guys insulting each other that they're doing something like girls, just because they're not good at it. Well I'm not ashamed of being a girl, there are so many girls out there doing amazing things that guys haven't even thought of! Great post! xxx

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  7. I TOTALLY AGREE! I actually just published my own post about gender equality! ;)

    - www.whatlexieloves.blogspot.com

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  8. YES! YOU KNEW WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT IN THIS POST AND IT HAS TURNED OUT FABULOUS! Thank you so much for enrolling into my Blogger Choice Awards! You can start nominating people for the categories in your comments on my blog. Make sure to check my blog out today for updates about this event :) I'm not exactly a feminist, but I do believe that this stereotype needs to be fixed!

    Rukiya XX

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