Ok, so I found this video on some Youtube channel and wanted to give a proper comment on it. This ad is from Always (feminine hygiene products), but the thing that has put me off more is something else. They display it like it is degrading to call a girl “you X like a girl” (replace X with some activity). For example, you throw like a girl. Or you lift stuff like a girl. Or you run like a girl, etc.

It’s not like that’s really offensive, our body anatomy and countless scientific papers have proven that female body anatomy provides less power and endurance than male body (we are talking in general, there are exceptions). So, saying (to a girl) you do something like a girl just confirms what science has already confirmed like billion times. How exactly is that offensive? Degrading even? You’re just pointing out a fact.

Now, lets replicate the same scenario to the other gender. Males. Do you know how it feels when you’re being called that you lift something like a girl? Throw like a girl? I’m not particularly strong and I’ve been often made fun because of it, mostly when lifting heavy stuff. Do you know how degrading and insulting that feels like? It sometimes happens so often that you kinda develop your own defense system of making fun of yourself through the same insults. And that’s not really funny, it’s sad actually. While feminists want to make a big deal out of it for the poor defenseless girls, they are really pointing finger in the wrong direction. Because like for everything else, they don’t care about the perspective from other gender. They just selfishly look at their own and everything always ends at that.

I’m a man and I don’t want to be called that I lift something like a girl just because I don’t have the grunt to do it. Why the hell everyone expect men to be able to do such stuff and it is just naturally assumed that women can’t and no one bothers with it any further? Why am I being judged for inability to lift heavy stuff instead of maybe my intelligence or ingenuity? Why? Some of us are more thinkers than physical grunts. You know, sometimes it’s better to think about it and make fine adjustments or compromises than to just go with brute force and move heavy stuff around just to find out the whole task of doing it was entirely unnecessary.

So, think about it before you call someone “you X like a girl” the next time. Not all of us are destined to be heavy lifting grunts, but we might one day become your boss and you’ll still be lifting heavy stuff around… Not so funny anymore is it? And yes, if you haven’t notice, I’ve just complimented women at this point as well. If you don’t have the raw physical strength, that doesn’t mean you don’t have other qualities in which you excel.

One thought on “#LikeAGirl

  1. Those are all good points. I saw that ad too, and found it to be slightly disturbing. I’m getting a bit tired of these subtle messages that imply there is something wrong with being female, which, like it or not, simply involves being smaller and weaker. It would be a whole lot better for everyone if we would just accept that being a girl is kind of awesome and not something one must constantly measure and weigh against men.

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