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Monday, September 17, 2012

Throwing like a "Girl"

What does throwing like a girl mean?

What does throwing like a girl imply?

How does this simple phrase harm girls and deter them from sports?

What is your personally experience with this phase?

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2 comments:

  1. Language is important. Detest the phrase, passionately.

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  2. I remember being told I 'throw like a girl' once by a softball coach. I was teaching one of my potentials (I was the STARTING catcher, head of the catching line, and a team captain) the basics of catching and was throwing with my 'off' (left, though I'm ambidextrous I never throw left so I have a weaker arm to use as a training aid for newbies who need accuracy and not force) hand as to not accidentally hurt her while she was learning.

    While working on blocking the plate I made a funky throw from a shoulder cramp and it went over the backstop. My coach, howard, started laughing and made the comment "Are you sure you should be my starter? You really throw like a girl."

    Naturally, being very very Irish, I gave a rather short tempered response. "Of course I throw like a girl. I am one!" and used my throwing arm to chuck the ball at him.

    He had to go to the E.R. for a severely broken nose and I got benched for two weeks. It was so worth it, and my dad was proud of, as he put it, his "short-tempered Irish tomboy"

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