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.
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