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What Does It Really Mean to Be 'Like A Girl'?

Self-dubbed “meninists” have gone on defense after a Superbowl commercial inspired women to proclaim to the world the power of being #LikeAGirl. Ironically, the sexism inherent in their response pales in comparison to the gender bias expressed in defense of the commercial. Once again, gender feminists out themselves as a group bent on erasing gender, specifically female gender, from American culture. The problem is that they are so bloody brainwashed in indoctrination that they don’t even realize they’re doing it.

In an attempt to defend the pride a woman should take in acting #LikeAGirl, gender feminists only manage to uphold the notion that women are weak and oppressed and need public approval in order to be “empowered.” Moreover, in order to gain that much sought-after public approval, women must take on androgynous appearances, hobbies or careers that require them to leave their femininity at home under lock and key.

HuffPo reports that,

After the commercial aired during Sunday night’s Super Bowl, women took to Twitter to describe what they did “like a girl” and how their gender doesn’t stop them from being strong and powerful.

A photo search of the hashtag #LikeAGirl on Twitter will generate a series of images of women playing a variety of sports, working as astronauts, fighter pilots, and engineers, and dressing in military dress uniform. It’s good to know that gender feminists are so aware of the accomplishments of feminism that they’re still dwelling in the 1950s notion that society thinks sports, science, and military defense are male-gendered roles. For attempting to empower girls, feminists must be completely unaware of the fact that a full three generations (Gen X, millennial and post-millennial) have had figures like Marie Curie, Sally Ride and Serena Williams to admire for quite a while. Unlike older generations, we grew up well aware of WACs, WAVEs and our ability to be modern-day Joan of Arcs. In fact, there is a female teen character on TV who embodies all of these traits, but since Eve Baxter stars on a “conservative” network sitcom, I guess she doesn’t count.

The statement defending the photos is vomitous in its implication, particularly the notion that “…their gender doesn’t stop them from being strong and powerful.” When we eliminate the notion that sports, science and national defense are male-only enterprises, we are forced to categorize them as gender-androgynous at best. This is perfectly normal to us in an equity feminist society. What isn’t normal is what we’re left to conclude: That, according to gender feminists, women must strip themselves of their gender identification in order to be “strong and powerful.”

What is missing from the #LikeAGirl campaign are images of women as mothers, carrying children, giving birth, fostering life. Women as femme fatales drawing authority from their God-given sexuality. Women as grandmothers passing down wisdom. Women as wives wearing multiple hats in order to make sure their homes and families run successfully. Where are women like Nicole Curtis who manage to be both single mom and business owner, or Joanna Gaines who partners with her husband in both family and professional life? Why is it that to be #LikeAGirl one must not be girly at all?

According to HuffPo, “There are commercials that focus on female empowerment because females need to be empowered.” Apparently they do need serious gender empowerment, but they won’t be getting it any time soon from feminists who insist on burying their heads in the mid-20th century sand. Ironically the commercial was for Always, a company that produces feminine hygiene products. That’s right, ladies, a company that bankrolls itself on your period triggered a social media campaign that demands you strip yourself of your biological sex in order to enjoy being #LikeAGirl, “like” being the key word.

The only time the irony of Always came up in HuffPo’s virulent defense of the commercial and social media campaign was to intimidate men:

It wasn’t long before a new hashtag cropped up — #LikeABoy. In the past 24 hours, #LikeABoy started trending on Twitter as critics and self-proclaimed “meninists”discussed how unfair it was that the Always commercial only pertained to women.(Reminder: Always sells menstrual products.)

Apparently it’s only convenient to be like a girl when you can throw a bloody rag in a man’s face and scare him away. For their part, the #LikeABoy response has been rather weak, showcasing the nastier, ignorant side of the anti-feminism crowd. Quite frankly, I’d simply produce a YouTube commercial showing a man bringing home a pack of Always pads for his wife and trading those for the toddler in her arms so she could run to the bathroom. There’s nothing more manly, womanly, or feminist than that. While the “meninists”/anti-feminist male crowd has a serious critique of feminism that should be heard, they just can’t seem to move past their Tyler Durden stage in expressing it. I’d say that’s because women are biologically better with words, but that would be injecting honesty into a debate in which both sides prefer ego and emotion over scientific and historic truths.

HuffPo concludes, “#LikeAGirl is so important because it shines a much-needed light on this sexism and reminds everyone that being ‘like a girl’ means being badass and fierce.” The only sexism the #LikeAGirl campaign “shines a light on” is the sexism of gender feminists who demand that the only way a woman can achieve equality is by stripping herself of her femininity.

We don’t need commercials or hashtags to remind us that women can play sports, pursue STEM or shoot guns. We know all this. We live it. What we do sorely need is an injection of reality into the feminist vocabulary that causes pro-women voices to actually stand up for what it means to be a woman instead of seeking to medically control us, abort us, or shape us into a man at every turn. But, nothing beats putting the “gr” in “girl.” It may require you to misspell your word and misinterpret its meaning, but it’s a clever buzz-phrase, right?