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I watched the Superbowl Sunday night. I like the Superbowl, especially when the Patriots are in it. I am interested to see what the commercials are going to be and I honestly like watching football. I find it fascinating and fun. What I was amazed with this year was the utter lack of interesting commercials. There were maybe one or two in the four hours I watched the Superbowl that were worth a chuckle or a moment of my attention. Otherwise, they were pretty blah. The exceptions being the Nationwide commercial about children dying in household accidents (that one was horribly mis-placed Nationwide) and the #LikeaGirl ad by Always (see below).
Here’s my take on the commercial, they are trying to take back “like a girl” from something negative and turn it into something positive. They are trying to show us that young girls don’t realize that “like a girl” is meant negatively. OK, great, these are great ideas to put out there, especially during a four hour man match like the Superbowl. I had no issues with it being there. The issue I do have is with the newly founded hashtag, #LikeaBoy because some men found it offensive that women got a commercial all their own.
I’m sorry…but W H A T????? Seriously, what?
You are watching a FOUR HOUR FOOTBALL EXTRAVAGANZA and you get peeved because of one short commercial? This baffled me in more ways than one. Sorry guys, but the entire WORLD is full of inequality between men and women. To think that you are put off by one commercial to the point that you have to create a new hashtag and ask for your own commercial is more than childish, it’s completely asinine.
On the other hand…one tweet stood out to me,
Girls aren’t the only ones who have confidence issues get #LikeABoy trending
— paul (@Paul_Bog) February 2, 2015
Ahhhh….I see what you are saying (and that none of the other so-called “meninists” are saying. Men have issues too. Men feel insecure and sad and don’t like being told that they have done something, “like a girl”. Oh, OK, that I get. BUT, what that says is that there needs to be voice given to the insecurities all sexes, races and humans face. It doesn’t need to be broken up to men vs. women. It doesn’t have to be a passive aggressive Twitter argument that makes the men look like sad little babies with a boo-boo on their ego that needs massaging.
There doesn’t have to be a #LikaBoy, there needs to be a dialogue about how we are all scared and unsure about ourselves (especially during puberty). But what this ridiculousness has turned into is a fight between girls and boys and the boys are trying to pull our hair. Let’s not let them ladies, don’t give voice to this silly #LikeaBoy “movement”. Give voice instead to the fact that we all have issues and the “Like a Girl” commercial was not meant to slight boys, it was meant to shine a light on the inequalities in our world. And that the boys who found insult in it and felt the need to prove their worth because of it, relax guys, your masculinity is intact but maybe, just maybe, see this commercial as a way for you to start respecting women and their fight more. Because I gotta say, it’s not easy some days living in a world where you get catcalls for being “sexy” and then get called “bitch” and other horrible names because you ignore them. It’s not easy living in a world where men use your weight and your sexuality against you whenever possible.
Most of all, it’s not easy living in a world where ONE commercial during a FOUR HOUR MAN SPECTACLE has offended men to the point of petulance and Twitter rage. Come on guys, catch a clue. Understand that the commercial was made with young women in mind, to remind us to teach them that being a “girl” is not a bad thing at all. That women can in fact be strong, smart, sexy and do things “like a girl” without shame.
What do you think? Did you see the commercial? Your thoughts on #likeaboy vs. #likeagirl?
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