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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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cassidyrose
Jun. 1st, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
I hate the term and I do find it incredibly sexist. I have never used and cannot imagine a scenario in which I would.

It is sexist because I hear in it the connotation that there is something shameful/weak/obnoxious in "screaming like a little girl", based on how and when it is used. It is most often said to men/boys (I don't think I have *ever* heard it used in reference to a girl/woman) and it seems to most often be used to poke fun at the behavior of men/boys. Very often men and boys are made fun of/degraded for exhibiting any behavior that could be perceived as stereotypically feminine--"screaming like a little girl" is just one example. I find that sexist and harmful to both men and women. It also puts yet another negative connotation on girls' behavior which I do not like.

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