“Womanliness” and “Manliness”

Always did a video of a campaign called #likeagirl, where the expression, “like a girl” was used as an insult. They asked teenagers what their idea of throwing like a girl was and both boys and girls demonstrated throwing like a girl was an insult. They laughed and flailed their arms and flipped their hair. Yet when young girls were asked how to run and throw like a girl, the outcome was completely different. A young girl said to run like a girl means to run as fast and hard as you can. Those teenager girls that made a joke of “run like a girl” definitely don’t run like that when they have to so when did “run like a girl” and “throw like a girl” become an insult?
Historically, men have always been shown as superior to woman. They had the jobs of hunting, and fighting, women, however, have been the housekeepers, taking care of the kids while the father does the real work. In really old times, if a woman showed any sign of intelligence or authority, they were killed off as being a “witch”. Why is the saying, “be a man” used instead of being a woman?

Cher is an American singer and actress who was brought up with a rough start in life but she is now known as the Goddess of Pop. She reinvented herself, got out of an abusive marriage and through it all she has been a fierce feminist. During an interview, she was questioned because she said: “A man is not a necessity, a man is a luxury.” She never meant that to be hostile or bitter towards men, she loves them like dessert. The quote that has become so popular now because it is perfect, she said, “Mother told me a couple of years ago, ‘sweetheart, settle down and marry a rich man.’ I said, ‘Mom, I am a rich man.’ “. What makes anyone think that a woman is unable to make as much money as a man?

Most men assume they can’t exactly be a feminist, maybe because of the word feminine in the word but Will Smith is one of the most famous men who prove you don’t need to be a woman to be a feminist. He was asked once why he let his daughter, Willow, cut off all her hair and what he said to that was honestly remarkable. He said, “We let Willow cut her hair. When you have a little girl, it’s like how can you teach her that you’re in control of her body? If I teach her that I’m in charge of whether or not she can touch her hair, she’s going to replace me with some other man when she goes out in the world. She can’t cut my hair but that’s her hair. She has got to have command of her body. So when she goes out into the world, she’s going out with a command that is hers. She is used to making those decisions herself. We try to keep giving them those decisions until they can hold the full weight of their lives.” Why do we even need to question why a woman has short hair, why does it need to belong? The fact that Will thinks this way makes him so much of a man. To be a man doesn’t mean the strongest or biggest, but being strong enough to share equality to everyone who doesn’t have it because “Men are superior”.

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