I am sure that you have heard the expressions “kick like a girl”, “run like a girl” or “hit like a girl.” These expressions have become insults that are aimed at both girls and boys and yet, do all girls understand the implied insult? This video shows interesting points of view:
The video shows that young girls do not understand the implied insult – and thus conform to the expectations embedded in the expressions. My favourite part of this video comes near the end when a young woman states “I kick like a girl, and run like a girl … because I am a girl and that is not something that I should be ashamed of, so I am going to do it anyway.” I like the confidence with which she makes that statement. Many girls, however, subconsciously fulfil the implied expectation (as seen when a teenage girl “runs like a girl”). Once they realise the implications of the insult, it is hoped that the teenage girls and young women will show who they are and be proud of it.
I do my best to encourage my teenage daughters to stay true to themselves and to not mould themselves to the negative expectations of others. Time will tell whether I have succeeded in building their self esteem so that they can say “I am a girl and that is not something that I should be ashamed of, so I am going to do it anyway.”
What is your favourite part of the video?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015