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I Bet You Label Girls… This Will Make You Stop

I don't have any sisters. My family is about 90% boys and the bruises, stitches, and dirt would prove it. 

At 12 years old, I entered my 5th year of little league at Heritage Park in Alta Loma California. On the field, you quickly learn that baseball had a style. If someone on the team looked funny while throwing or running or hitting, the common response was, “you ______ like a girl.”

But this wasn't a bad thing… right? Parents (even mothers) laughed and encouraged such statements.

But there is a difference between categorical labeling like “Mexican and Asian” and labeling by weakness or inability like “you run like a girl” or “you look retarded” or “that's gay.”

We've been labeling people for thousands of years. For better and for worse. It's only been in the past 25 years through social media, news, viral videos, access to studies and reports that we've been able to see the impact it's making on emotional development.

But today, ignorance is a hard excuse. You're required to know more, be relevant and stay current.

Well, here's today's lesson.

How did this make you feel? What will you change? Let me know in the comments below.

Photo via: Malt Memories

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41 Responses

  1. If someone said I fight like a girl, I’d be like, “you wanna see how a girl fights?” And I’d be all mega karate super round kick with a spin and a snap kick!!

    …to the face. That… is like a girl.

  2. Really it’s the mental condition of the one receiving the statement that dictates how it is received. It doesn’t matter how the statement is meant or used by those making the statement. It is the responsibility of the individual and of those in the care of the individual to teach a quality of self esteem and respect. If the individual has a poor self esteem and self respect it won’t matter how the statement is used, the individual will still feel abused or insulted because of their own self outlook. We are in control of only one thing and that is our attitudes, we can not control others… We as a society need to stop pointing fingers and blaming others and take responsibility for ourselves. Only through taking responsibility and disciplining ourselves and working on ourselves will the mentality of people change.

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