Why is ‘Being Like a Girl’ an Insult?

I hate it when people think they are giving me a compliment by saying I do something ‘just like a man’. I’m a woman, for heaven’s sake, I don’t need my actions validated by being told I do it like a man, i.e. better than if I was doing it like a woman…. Acting ‘like a girl’ was often used as a form of control when I was very young too, usually to stop me playing with the boys:

Jane, don’t do that, it’s not very ladylike’.

It’s a terrible message. Like calling girls ‘bossy’ but not boys (I like to counteract that one with:

“What leadership skills they are showing!’ You must be so proud.”

So I was thrilled when a past participant from a RenewYou course sent me this video to watch. Take a look and see what you think.

If the clip doesn’t open for you try clicking this link instead.

You might also enjoy:

When is a Compliment Not a Compliment

Women Are not Born With Lack of Confidence

By the way, I’m working very hard to run my RenewYou licensing business ‘like a woman‘. Our aim is to work together and support each other. September is a busy month; I am running a trainers’ event in the Midlands and licensed trainers have courses happening across the country. Check the map to see where your nearest one is.


Posted on July 11th, 2014 by

One Response to “Why is ‘Being Like a Girl’ an Insult?”

  1. Shan Rees says:

    YES. Just the same as with other sexist remarks, it’s important – and fun – to turn around such comments. Lets do it!

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