This brilliant video is currently doing the rounds on YouTube, Facebook, twitter, popular Muma blogs (!) and everywhere else at the moment. Check it out if you haven’t already. I love it.
Obviously, the aim is to address the phrase “like a girl”, we’ve all heard it; you know,
You throw like a girl
You hit like a girl
You run like a girl.
It’s in the same vein as
“you’re so gay” or
“you’re such a spaz”.
Basically, they’re not shorthand for “you’re awesome!”
It’s shorthand for you’re a little bit rubbish.
You’re substandard, you are nowhere near as good as a boy.
Oh shut up.
I don’t want to be a cheerleader for women. I don’t want to feel the need.
I simply want everyone to be considered on the same level.
But to do this I do worry that we going to need to have job interviews in a sort of weird Blind Date kind of way, with Stephen Hawking type voice synthesisers and those blow up sumo suits so that everyone has the same chance of getting the job they want, going to the uni they want, being selected for the teams they want?!
I’d rather just get a nice two piece, go in there, be the best candidate and get the job on my merits thanks.
The phrase “like a girl” suggests that blokes do everything better.
Absolute, Really Annoying, Rubbish.
Are we suggesting that all blokes are better than all women at all things?!
I really hope not because I have plenty of examples of blokes doing things really badly, or doing really stupid things or just being slightly less good at something than a girl.
But that’s not even the thing.
I don’t want it to be about which sex is better at what.
I want people, I want my children, to be able be who they are, do what they fancy and not feel like they need to fit into a box.
So, for my babies especially, here’s my guidance for life and, guess what- if you were called Josh or Jack or Henry or Michael; the advice would be exactly the same (except for the last part!)
Give it a go- what’s the worst that could happen.
Don’t be afraid to fail- it’s just finding a way that didn’t work before you find a way that does.
Be kind- you have no idea what others have been through.
Be honest- it’ll help you sleep at night.
Be friendly- because; why wouldn’t you?!
Do something that makes you happy- life’s too short not to.
Oh, and if you ever hear someone say that you do something like a girl: be proud.
To me, being a girl means being pretty flipping marvellous, Look…
Run like a girl:
Face bullies like a girl:
Hit like a girl:
Care like a girl:
Kick like a girl:
Make money like a girl:
Swim like a girl:
Forgive like a girl:
Not too shabby for the fairer sex hey?!