This is a bigger insult than “You play ball like a girl”

If you have been on Facebook lately you’ve probably seen the #like a girl commercial sponsored by Always. Essentially the ad focuses on teen boys and girls and what it means to run, kick, throw, hit…like a girl. The same question, when posed to younger girls, doesn’t seem to have the same negative connotation.

http://m.quickmeme.com/meme/3s2dyfSo, the debate becomes…when does it become an insult to tell someone they run, kick, move like a girl? And, are girls between the ages of 10-12 susceptible to low self-esteem because of hearing that from others?

My question…why is this a debate at all?

What’s wrong with teaching our daughters to say  “Thank you.”

I kick like a girl? Then you better watch out! ~Mia Hamm

I kick like a girl? Then you better watch out!
~Mia Hamm

Dara Torres

Dara Torres

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

I jump like a girl? Why can't you? Gabby Douglas

I jump like a girl? Why can’t you?
Gabby Douglas

I win like a girl?  Absolutely! ~Cammi Granato-Ferraro

I win like a girl? Absolutely!
~Cammi Granato-Ferraro

The biggest insult of the #like a girl commercial isn’t the attention given to playing “like a girl,” it’s that it’s sponsored by Always. While they seem interested in girls’ self-esteem, they seem to have no problem using toxic ingredients in their feminine products. Always will take a stand against possible bruised-egos, but not endocrine interrupter. That’s the true disgrace.

Click here for more information on toxins in pads and tampons.

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Mia Hamm photo credit.
Gabby Douglas photo credit.
Dara Torres photo credit.
Cammi Granato-Ferraro photo credit.

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One response to “This is a bigger insult than “You play ball like a girl”

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