It is puzzling that the phrase ‘…like a girl’ when added onto a sentence makes it an insult. Why is it a bad thing to do things like a girl?
Every girl is different, so there are many, many different possible scenarios that could be attached to your ‘insult’, and it might not be an insult at all! You might fight ‘like a girl’, but that girl could be a UFC fighter and be able to kick anyone’s butt. You might cry ‘like a girl’, but that girl could be Angelina Jolie and get paid millions of dollars to do it on camera.
To say that someone is doing something like a girl should not imply that it is inferior.
The worst is when a girl tells another girl to stop acting like a girl! This fails in the common sense department. Any way a girl acts is like a girl, because she is a girl and she is doing the actions… no insult, just common sense.
It also reinforces stereotypes and gender roles, which have both well and truly passed their expiration dates, and, like perms and hot pants, no longer have any place in our society.
To tell someone to stop ‘acting like a girl’ is a lazy excuse for an insult, and in fact it could (and should) be taken as a compliment!