Like A Girl

I know I'm a little behind on this post, seeing as this video's been out for a bit now, but it's just too good not to post about!

I'm talking about the new tampon commercial from Always, called #likeagirl.

It made me cry the first time I watched it.

In the commercial a variety of adults - men and women - are asked to do things, like run, throw, and fight, "like a girl."  Each adult - including the women! - present a typically "girly" interpretation of these actions.  When running, they flail their arms and legs, they throw half-heartedly, and they slap daintily when asked to fight.  Then, the film makers ask several young girls (around age 10) to do the exact same thing - run, throw, fight "like a girl."  What happens next is amazing.  These girls run like they would normally run - fast and with determination.  They throw with strength, they punch with passion.  The commercial shows us exactly how ridiculous and damaging it is to use the words "like a girl" as an insult.  Why in the heck does "girl" automatically cause people to think weak, silly, or less then?  Why are we teaching our young women that running, fighting, throwing, like a girl is something to be ashamed of?  One of the women, at the end of the commercial, sums it up awesomely.  She says, "Why can't run like a girl also mean win the race?"  HELL YES.

Watch the video here:

I remember, throughout my life, countless instances of being told - negatively - that I did something "like a girl."  

"You hit like a girl."

"You run like a girl."

" You act like such a girl."

And you know what?

Damn straight I hit like a girl.  And I hit hard thank you very much.

Fuck yes I run like a girl.  And I guarantee I can outrun almost anyone (professionals excluded…but I'm working on that!).  Anytime in my cross-country and track career, when someone told me I ran like a girl, I just smiled and beat them to the finish line.  Yeah I run like a girl.  Try to keep up.

And it's true, I act like a girl.  Because you know what, I AM A GIRL.  And I'm beyond proud of that.  Doing things like a girl means doing them with determination, passion, exuberance, grit, preservation, and energy - all in the face of a society that tells us being a girl is somehow something to be ashamed of.

I encourage everyone to stop using words and phrases related to girlhood as an insult.  "Like a girl" is one of the greatest compliments you can give someone.  Let's start making sure everyone knows that.