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Mayim Bialik: Stop Calling Women ‘Girls’

Mayim Bialik took to Facebook yesterday to talk about the language we use in society to talk about women.

The Big Bang Theory star’s four-minute video talked about the way adult women are often referred to as “girls,” while adult men are regularly referred to as men and almost never boys.

She says, in part:

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When we use words to describe adult women that are typically used to describe children, it changes the way we view women—even unconsciously—so that we don’t equate them with adult men…

Maybe if we start using language that elevates women and doesn’t equate them with sweet, small, cuddly, tender things, we’ll start treating them as more than that as well … We never call men boys because it’s demeaning and emasculating.

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The video has been viewed more than 1.3 million times so far.

"Girl" vs. “Woman": Why Language Matters

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Posted by Mayim Bialik on Thursday, March 23, 2017

 

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