Who’d have believed that the insult girl (as in “You throw like a girl,” “You run like a girl,” or—the worst—“You’re a girl”) would ever have serious consequences for the taunter?

It has happened! PGA of America President Ted Bishop was fired on October 24 for posting two scornful social-media comments about English golfer Ian Poulter: first, a tweet attacking him as a “lil girl”; after that, a Facebook post sneering that Poulter sounded “like a little school girl squealing during recess.”

The PGA of America—which had just hosted a conference on diversity—took only a day to fire Bishop over his “offensive gender-based statements.”

Newsday columnist Barbara Barker has the story, and she leads with the obvious question:

So what’s wrong with being a girl?

Why do we tell the slow boy he runs like a girl? Or the awkward pitcher that he throws like one? Why, in this day and age, is it OK to tell someone that a girl is the last thing he/she would want to be?

Barker weaves into her post about Bishop’s firing the triumphant tale of 13-year-old Little League World Series champion Mo’ne Davis, who was prominently featured in this year’s World Series ads proclaiming, “I throw 70 miles an hour. That’s throwing like a girl.”

But the insult “girl” reaches far beyond routine dismissiveness about performance in sports. It’s meant as a general connotation of female weakness—lack of grit, endurance, determination, spirit . . . and bravery. Bishop’s firing suggests that just possibly, someday, our culture will wise up to the overwhelming prejudice loaded into the term “Man up.”

Read the story: http://www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/barbara-barker/isn-t-it-time-we-stopped-using-the-word-girl-in-a-derogatory-manner-1.9572173

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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