But we hear:
Don't be emotional.
Don't be weak.
Don't be awkward.
Don't be so uncoordinated.
In essence, don't be a girl. Be more like a boy. Play like a boy. Throw like a boy. Run like a boy.
Why? Why is like a girl so bad? Why are there negative connotations associated with those three little words? Why do we allow our society to demean young girls telling them things like, "oh, you play like a girl," as if that's lesser than playing like a boy?
If it isn't hard enough growing into womanhood with a world that objectifies women, add tear downs like this. Like a girl is a put down. It's humiliating. Even at a young age girls know that.
But like a girl shouldn't be. Like a girl should stand for Strong. Brave. Fast. Courageous. Beautiful. Coordinated. Smart. Intelligent. Unique. Bold. Lovely.
Girls and women, young and old, need to be reminded to embrace their femininity, not shy away from it or hide it. Being like a girl is a beautiful thing that should be celebrated, not put down. Like a girl should be a compliment - a term of praise and admiration rather than an insult.
Join me in taking back the phrase like a girl. Let's re-define it! Go tell a girl to be just like a girl! She's one-of-a-kind, beautiful, unique and strong.
Watch the great video below that gave me the inspiration for today's post.