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Fight Like A Girl

In Celebration of the 10th anniversary of
Peace Over Violence's Annual Denim Day
I FIGHT LIKE A GIRL
I fight like a girl who refuses to be a victim
I fight like a girl who is tired of being
IGNORED AND HUMORED AND BEATEN AND RAPED
I fight like a girl who is sick of not being taken seriously
I fight like a girl who's been pushed too far
I fight like a girl who OFFERS and DEMANDS RESPECT
I fight like a girl who has a lifetime of
ANGER and STRENGTH and PRIDE
pent up in her girly body
I fight like a girl who doesn't believe in
FEAR and SUBMISSION
I fight like a girl who knows that
THIS BODY and THIS MIND ARE MINE
I fight like a girl who knows that
YOU ONLY HAVE AS MUCH POWER AS I GRANT YOU
I fight like a girl who will never allow you to
take more than I offer
I fight like a girl who FIGHTS BACK

So next time you think you can distract yourself from your insecurities by victimizing a girl
THINK AGAIN
She may be like ME, and
I FIGHT LIKE A GIRL.

author: anonymous

Comments

"Crying is for girls"

I caught myself saying this to my almost 5-month old son today! Ack!

Lately I have found myself noticing how many gender dissing, violent and/or war-centric phrases we use in our language and coming up my own idioms.

"Crying is for girls."
Implied meaning: "big" boys don't cry. It shows weakness and weakness is bad.

My alternative: "There's no crying in baseball."
I probably shouldn't even use this phrase because crying powerfully expresses a wide range of emotions. But when I'm on my last nerve and Jonah is crying, I picture Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own and I start chuckling. And that's a good thing!

Killing two birds with one stone.
Meaning: When you kill two birds with one stone, you resolve two difficulties or matters with a single action.

Killing is bad. So, instead I like to say I feed two birds with one piece of bread, neh?

Off to Stephen Lewis's speech. Will finish my post soon!

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Fight Like A Girl

More women should realize how powerful they are and we should all START FIGHTING LIKE GIRLS by disallowing violence to ourselves, to our sisters, to our children, and to our brothers. If we stand and act together, we can change to way we are viewed in the world. But it takes work and a lot of effort. So remember next time you see a girl, a young or older woman, treat her nice. Show her respect and kindness. Just say "Hi" so that she can knows she has the support of her sisters and she is strong.

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