Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Do You Run #LikeAGirl? Then Be Proud!! #PGMom

"Ha! You throw like a girl!" "Check him out. He runs like a girl!"

Have you heard these types of phrases thrown out? Maybe you've been the target of the comment. They are of course meant as insults, implying that girls don't do these things as well as boys do, and they are particularly meant to insult boys by comparing them to lowly girls.

I say hooey! Of course I throw like a girl. I am a girl. I don't throw as well as a major league baseball pitcher (neither do 98% of the boys and men I know), but I throw a stick well enough to keep my dog happy, and I can pitch a ball to my son without any problem. Girls are pretty awesome. And they are strong and fast and kind and fun.

When Boo was in his old daycare, one of his best friends was a girl. Man could she ever run! They would have races in from the yard in the mornings and she beat him every time. Was he upset by this? Of course. Did it have anything to do with the fact that she was a girl? Of course not. She was another kid who could run faster than him. Neither of them thought anything of boy vs. girl stuff. They just had different strengths. She was proud of her running skills and was not afraid to show them off. I hope she still feels the same way when she hits about 12 or 13 years old, a time when many girls begin to question themselves and what is "proper" for a girl vs. what is "proper" for a boy, and a time when many girls face a crisis in their self confidence.

Have a look at this infographic, created by Always, based on a recent survey they conducted.

When you hear the phrase “like a girl” — do you hear strength, talent, and confidence? According to the new Always Confidence and Puberty Study, only 19% of girls have a positive association with the phrase “like a girl.” Ouch. That makes me pretty sad. Have a look at this video, and pay attention to the differences in how the young girls and older girls (and guys) interpret this phrase.


So, what do you think? Always wants to start changing how we think when we hear #LikeAGirl, and I want to help them out. Are you with me? I would love it if you could share this video with your friends and families. And how about sharing your own impressions of what #LikeAGirl really means?

Always is inviting girls and women everywhere to join the movement and share what they proudly do #LikeAGirl. You can tweet, take a picture, shoot a video or send a message using the hashtag #LikeAGirl to take a stand and show young girls everywhere that doing things “like a girl” should never be used as an insult – that it means being strong, talented and downright amazing. 

Don't you agree?

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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