BEFORE you watch the video above, first i want you to stand up and do some actions, do the first thing that comes to mind.
- “run like a girl”
- “fight like a girl”
- “throw like a girl”
If you have a younger sister, around the age 10 or less, ask them to do these action. Ask them to do the first thing which comes to mind when you stay those request. Look at how different and how same you have done these action. Now after that watch the video.
One thing that is hard for anyone is puberty. Puberty gets harder if you lack self-confidence. Many young girls lack self-confidence due to many things such as, a male or female parents belittling women figures, society belittling women, religion belittling women…etc. No matter what the reasons are, many young girls are not only exposed to actions and words which can affect their self-confidence but it can leave a life-long scar on their personality as a woman and girl.
We as women grew up as girls hearing the express #LikeAGirl, for example, you run like a girl or you hit like a girl…etc. I knew as a little girl that this was (usually a boy or a adult male figure) trying to belittle a woman’s worth, either intentionally or unintentionally. I remember once someone told me “You run like a girl”, I said: “I’m a girl, ain’t I? Deal with it! I’m a girl and not ashamed of it! I’m NOT a boy!” That made the person shut up! I always found that #LikeAGirl was an insult to women to tell them that they are the weaker sex and that they cannot do things as good as men. These words #LikeAGirl can have a huge impact on many girls if they are not aware that someone is trying to put them down or insult them.
Always is kicking off an amazing battle campaign #LikeAGirl to make sure that girls around the world keep their confidence throughout childhood, puberty and beyond. They are taking the derogatory three words and turning it into something positive since throughout history it has been used in a negative context.
Being a girl and one day a woman is AWESOME! Doing things #LikeAGirl is awesome because we ARE GIRLS and WOMEN and you should NEVER feel ashamed for being a woman or girl.
“In my work as a documentarian, I have witnessed the confidence crisis among girls and the negative impact of stereotypes first-hand” said Lauren Greenfield, filmmaker and director of the #LikeAGirl video. “When the words ‘like a girl’ are used to mean something bad, it is profoundly disempowering. I am proud to partner with Always to shed light on how this simple phrase can have a significant and long-lasting impact on girls and women. I am excited to be a part of the movement to redefine ‘like a girl’ into a positive affirmation.“
Do you think #LikeAGirl an insult? Is it a good thing?