So my daughter asked me what “Throws Like a Girl” meant. She’s already heard the negative version at school. I told her that some people use it as an insult and how it’s not ok to use someone’s gender as a cutdown. L is a girl and is frighteningly accurate with a ball. So we talked about how it’s silly to say it and the best response for her would be to say, “Of course, I throw like a girl, I AM a girl. And I throw just as well as you (annoying little boy, I add in my head.)”
When I named the blog, I had two things in mind. Using the insult Throws Like A Girl to mean something positive and a clever (or so I thought. Grins.) play on the knitting aspect of the blog. I knit by “throwing”. I’m a girl. etc.
I am actually quite offended by the idea that being female equals being weak or subpar. That’s probably why I love Sarah Haskins over at current.com so much. She is great at pointing out how the media encourages us to stay in archaic gender roles. She points out the absurdity that yogurt will fix all our problems and that men can’t cook dinner or do laundry without the help of some special cleanser.
I always thought Throws Like A Girl would be a great name for a girl’s softball team, too.