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Random weird thought (yah, I know I never post but I'm trying to get back into by warming myself up over on Facebook):

Am I the only one who hates the phrase "screamed like a little girl?"  I know in some ways it is referring to a male shrieking and it being so high pitched that it sounds feminine.  But still...to me it wraps in connotations of someone being weak/a scaredy cat/etc...and links it with the concept of "girl."  I find it just as offensive as "pitches like a girl."  And I make sure I don't say it to my kids.

Pete said it today and I discussed it with him tonight.  He hadn't thought of it in that way.  I'm curious if I'm the only one who thinks of it in that way.

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loolica
Jun. 1st, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Hello!
Oh, that's interesting! I think I say that from time to time and it's funny, because having a girl in my home, and a million girls in the courtyard, I can say: they scream ALL THE TIME.

And it's not about being weak or scared, it's about being loud and obnoxious and overly-dramatic. And having fun. Half the time when they are screaming, they are also laughing hysterically. So when I think of it as an expression I think of it as over-reacting or being a drama queen. Which is still sexist, but it's a different kind of sexist.

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