Everyone seems to be talking about this video. In case you’ve not seen it, it’s a commercial message from the brand Always about what it means to do things “like a girl.”
I won’t spoil it for you, but I think it bears the question of the messages we were taught, the power of using phrases that draw attention to gender roles as negative marks of distinction, and why it’s important to define what that means not only for future generations, but for those of us who grew up with the invisible shackles of “being a lady.”
This site is full of all things feminine, but I’d to think that it’s not because I write, dress, and/or do anything specifically like a female. I was always taught to do everything to the best of my ability. Mom always taught me to fight for what I believe in, follow my dreams, use my head, and embrace the power that lies within me. Diminishing anyone’s best efforts to a gender assignment is demeaning and sad.
If I do any of the things I do “like a girl,” I like it that way. Women are powerful: we’re winners, we take risks, we don’t shy away from the tough stuff.
Women —and girls —are amazing. Let’s show ’em what we’re made of, ladies.