Updated: Jul 27, 2018
Today I've noticed #LikeAGirl was trending and was being promoted all over Twitter. It reminded me of an advert I watched 3 years ago, on Youtube; usually I skip them but this one fascinated me.
The director, asked the participants to "run like a girl". A group of about 15 20- year olds immediately started flinging their arms around and kicking their legs up. They were then asked to "throw like a girl" and again they pretend to throw the ball up high and with their eyes follow the pretend ball as it falls at their feet.
The same questions were asked to a group of participants who were made up of 5-10 years old girls. Their reaction to being asked to "run like a girl" was to run fast and with determination, as if they doing an Olympic sprint. When being asked to "throw like a girl", these participants were throwing it with all their might and pretended to watch the ball go miles.
I find the stereotype that girls are not very strong or 'pathetic' very annoying and frustrating. Just because women are not as physically strong as men, does that make them weak and helpless? For example, look at athletes such as Jessica Ennis Hill and Rebecca Adlington, you can see all the muscle they have and I bet most men don’t have half the muscle. Also, look at Malala Yousafzai and Emma Watson they may not be physically strong but they are mentally strong and determined to stand up for what they believe in.
Slowly but surely, we are redefining what strength is but we still have a long way to go.