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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Don't Be Such A Girl

"Don't be such a girl."

That's one huge insult to hurl at a guy. Why?

Saying that he's a girl implies that he's inferior, lame, weak. Why is "female" still a synonym for "inferior" in our society? I thought the Women's Movement took care of that. Don't believe me? Then why do men get so upset at the idea of being called a girl?

If you walked up to a mixed- sex group and addressed them as "you guys," everyone would assume you were addressing the entire group. Walk up to the same group and address them as "you girls"? Nope. Something tells me that wouldn't fly.

Sexist language, especially male generics like "you guys", "freshman" or "mankind" is such a difficult topic to discuss, because it's been burned in our brains from the very beginning. We may not be able to change the way we speak without some serious effort, but we can do our best to not use feminine language as an insult. Please?


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