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Always #LikeAGirl. ~ Melissa Horton {Powerful Video}

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJQBjWYDTs#t=64

What does it mean to do something like a girl?

When I hear that phrase, despite being a woman, it has an inherent negative connotation. The collective we—girls, women of all shapes, sizes, ages—do things with a certain diminished level of strength than our male counterparts, right? Although I am fully cognizant of the fact that this is indeed not the case, our society as a whole continues to plague the female population with this image.

Weak. Incapable. Dainty.

Starting at such a young age, our abilities are capped and our inner strength crushed because we simply can’t—according to whomever decided long ago that was an accurate depiction of half the population. It’s bull shit, and we all know it.

I won’t argue that there are defined differences between men and women—of course that is the case and a beautiful case it is. But why, during the most formative years of a young child’s life, do we place limitations on what girls are able to do? I don’t have that answer, and my guess is no one truly does.

In an effort to bring a higher degree of awareness to this oppressive negative image given to our girls, Always in partnership with its parent company, Proctor and Gamble, has created this short video that explicitly highlights the dramatic change that takes place between the innocence of youth and the already confusing years of puberty. Each participant is asked to act out an task “like a girl” and the results left me quiet, and sad.

The adults have it all wrong.

If nothing else, this video reminds me to be mindful of the way in which we speak about our fellow human beings and what impact that has on how we live in this world. And more importantly, it reminds me that the inner self talk that truly shapes who I am does not have to bear the weight of these false perceptions.

Today, I will do everything like a girl, because I am a girl. I encourage you to do the same.

 

 

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insatiablepiglet Jun 30, 2014 3:24pm

I ran like a girl today. I ran home in a massive downpour because my family were stuck in town without coats, umbrellas, anything. I ran to get the car, so they wouldn't have to get wet. And when I picked them up, my husband said "that was quick!" and my daughter said "wow, you're LEAKING wet!" I ran like a girl because I am a girl.

This is brilliant. Thank you! I am sharing it (almost) as I type…

jjeanner Jun 28, 2014 4:18pm

Melissa! This was rad, thanks for sharing!!

Yoli Jun 28, 2014 9:07am

Wow! So on point! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Melissa Horton

Melissa Horton was raised in a sleepy Midwest town, and now thrives in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.  A lover of music and an avid writer, first, she has been a financial literacy professional for her entire adult life, starting her own financial planning firm in 2012. She prides herself on helping others envision and ultimately achieve their goals for the future, while keeping a mindful eye on her own passions and voice. In her down time, she thoroughly enjoys listening to tunes, journaling, and spending time with her family and closest friends.  She is committed to giving back to her community, feeding her philanthropic soul by volunteering for non-profits focused on education reform nationwide.  Above all else, she is a proponent for personal growth, both within herself and encouraging others to join the ride. Visit Melissa’s blog or Facebook page.