Cue Britney Spears! Recently, actress Mayim Bialik released a video on how society needs to stop describing women as girls. Click here to watch the video if you haven’t seen it.
She states that using the phrase “girl” instead of “woman” is demeaning, and I agree with here. For example, I don’t want to be viewed as a girl at work for that connotation states that I need a parent and/or I am childlike. I am a woman at that can manage workloads on my own. This type of language is also used in sports as I am deemed a “surfergirl”, which most take as a compliment.
But then I started thinking, I don’t feel like a woman. I don’t feel like a girl either. I feel truly inbetween just like that Britney Spears song.
During my yoga session I couldn’t stop thinking about why I feel inbetween girlhood and womanhood. Then, I thought again about Mayim Bialik’s video. She says its all about how we use “girl” in everyday language. How many times have I said “girls weekend” or “dinner with the girls” or its just “girl talk”? These are women I am talking about with careers, families and responsibilities. No wonder I don’t feel like a woman, since I am part of the problem.
From now on, I use the word “woman”, and maybe it will help me feel more like a “woman” than a “girl”.