Here’s a video I intend to watch with Brat Three this afternoon. Please do watch.
What does it mean to do something “like a girl”?
Video shared by Vidya Vasudevan.
Ages ago a TV show had this celebrity advising Ms India aspirants not to wear shorts, because, she said something like,
“When a girl is wearing shorts, everything about her changes, even the way she sits changes! She stops being graceful. When a girl wears shorts, she stops behaving like a girl. When a girl wears a skirt, she is graceful. She sits like a girl, she moves like a girl.”
So, what exactly is sitting or moving like a girl?
I think it might mean moving or sitting,
1. In ways that are said to be found attractive (mainly by men, but also by others who are judging).
2. In ways that ensure that nobody’s egos are hurt – so, non threatening, submissive, timid, shy, in need of help, non assertive, vulnerable, physically weak, ‘modest’ etc.
And in India, ways that are always ‘respectful’.
3. I think being ‘#likeagirl’ also includes slower movements and some amount of incompetence or clumsiness with some ‘manly tasks’. ‘Manly tasks’ like running, throwing a ball, laughing aloud, calling out to someone.
4. And somehow being like a girl is also used as an insult, even for girls.
How do you celebrate yourself?
That special combination of beauty and innocence, the pretty inspires men to protect and defend it.
“Here’s what I would tell my future/potential daughter, if I ever have one.”
Sending a girl a text that says “good morning beautiful” can change her attitude for the whole day.
What makes a woman look beautiful?
My Sins Against Gender Stereotypes.
You don’t owe prettiness to anyone.
Give A Girl A Ball…