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Like a girl #LikeAGirl

I’m not sure if you are aware of the ‘Like a girl‘ campaign. Before I show you the video, I want you to think about a couple of things. What comes to your mind when I say ‘runs like a girl’? How about ‘throws like a girl’? Or alternatively, ‘lifts like a girl’?

Now, watch the video if you haven’t done so previously.

Were your thoughts like the older individuals in the video? Or were they like the young girls?

It really does make you wonder about the social constructs and stereotypes we come up with in society about what it means to be a girl. Like most things to do with women, there is a negative connotation to doing anything like a girl. Why would anyone in their right minds cry like a girl? Or want to run like a girl?

The reality is there are some fantastic female runners. And some girls throw really well. As for lifting, while girls may not always be physically on par with men, it doesn’t mean they don’t lift weights more than 2 kgs.

Why can’t we use it as a compliment instead?

Maybe to run like a girl would mean to run your best and really fast.

Maybe to lift like a girl would involve lifting the maximum you can.

Maybe throwing like a girl would be to throw as hard and fast as you possibly can.

And maybe, just maybe to cry like a girl just means you are capable of showing your emotions and be vulnerable.

P&G’s Always campaign about #LikeAGirl has asked people to rewrite the rules. And has asked us what we are proud to do like a girl. So here’s mine.

I am physically strong like a girl.

I am confident like a girl.

I can throw like a girl.

I can run like a girl.

I can box like a girl.

I can hike like a girl.

I can climb like a girl.

I can kick like a girl.

I can cry like a girl.

I can laugh like a girl.

I can love like a girl.

me like a girl

Yep, pretty sure I’m a girl!

Because in the end, I am a girl {ok, maybe a woman!}

And pretty damn proud of it.

So tell me, what are some things you can do like a girl?

Do share! 

***Linking with Grace  who by the way, is a kickarse girl, for FYBF***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Hugzilla
    22 August 2014 at 11:07 am

    Yes! Thank you! I hate when the word “girl” is used as a derisive adjective, and it is so entrenched that people use it very casually. Sometimes I even have to pull myself up. I saw a meme recently and the essence of the gag was that Orlando Bloom shouldn’t have smacked Justin Bieber because men should never hit women. I laughed. And then I slapped myself. Stupid casual sexism. It gets the best of us.
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  • Lee-Anne
    22 August 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Loved this clip and post. 🙂

    It’s timely to refocus on the positives of being a girl to reinforce with our young (boys and girls) that girls are capable of equity and respect. Sexist expressions and expectations abound in society and seem insidiously built into our institutions and ways of thinking. Just one little example is the expression used to describe an uncool, weak man “he’s an old woman”. Hideous.
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  • Annaleis
    22 August 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I’d rather be a girl any day! Love being able to love, run and laugh just like a girl!
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  • Pinky Poinker
    22 August 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Before I say anything about the post, gorgeous photo of you! Imagine my daughter growing up with four chauvinistic big brothers. She can out run all of them, beat them all in cross country races and I’m sure she just wanted to prove a point. She may not be as strong physically but is the most strong willed of the lot. It was survival of the fittest for her 🙂
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  • missRBit @ Legally Alien
    23 August 2014 at 3:25 am

    Great post and I so agree. It reminded me of a Lorna Jane tee a runner friend of mine used to have, which said, “Run like a girl” – totally owning the phrase!

    Another phrase that is used negatively a LOT is “…for a girl”. E.g. “She lifts really heavy weights… for a girl” or “She knows a lot about sport… for a girl”. Grrrr…I HATE that!
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  • Zita
    24 August 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I loved that video when I saw it and it certainly does make one think!!!
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  • nabanita
    25 August 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I loved the video and I loved it even more that you did a post on it… Yes, I’m proud of doing everything #likeagirl…I will list down the things that I do like a girl and proudly so…Your post gave me an idea and an opportunity to forward this cause in my own little way…
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  • Grace
    26 August 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Yeah! You go, girlfriend! Love this post! And it’s so true! It shouldn’t be a bad thing to use the “Like a girl term”.
    I can dead lift 60kgs and leg press 150…like a girl!
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  • Viji Venu
    27 August 2014 at 12:06 pm

    That was a great post…..and definitely an eye opener to those who make the remark of “Like a Girl”. Girls have their own style of making any chore look elegant and perfect. They add color to the world and definitely am proud to be born and living as one 🙂
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  • Rajlakshmi
    27 August 2014 at 9:17 pm

    there you go girl… very inspiring post. I watched the video few weeks ago and felt exactly the same. We need to make “Like a girl” a compliment.
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