One of the best commercials during the Super Bowl (and by “best” I mean one that is clever and kept my attention) also carried a message worth saying and worth hearing whether you’re a man or a woman.
It sold menstrual pads.
As the commercial points out, girls experience a social stigma based on their sex and it grows greatly during the years they go through puberty.
Little girls think throwing a ball is just throwing a ball.
Older girls think throwing a ball is something to be ashamed of.
I probably wouldn’t have written anything about the #LikeAGirl commercial if it weren’t for a Christian pundit with thousands of Twitter followers who sent out dozens of tweets during the Super Bowl, including this:
Which prompted me to ask:
(And if his response is that he was only joking, that doesn’t match up well with the Bible’s take on that “excuse”.)
Who’s a Better Jumper?
I know a lot of girls and women who can throw, run and jump better than I can.
- There was the girl I liked in 6th grade. She didn’t like me back but she did play one-on-one basketball with me. She always won.
- One young woman I dated for a short time in law school had played softball on a college scholarship. Her throw from third to first put mine to shame every single game we played together. I can only dream that someone told me I threw just like her.
- Then there’s the 17 year old runner from my town who is number one in the state (and number five nationally) for cross country. She can outrun every single one of those professional athletes who played in the Super Bowl.
- And I can’t forget the trainer I took kickboxing lessons from. She could one-punch me to the ground. She was also a fashion model.
But even if a girl is not taught to throw or run or jump like a professional athlete, there is no reason to chastise her for it. Same goes for boys who aren’t skilled athletes. These are learned traits that some people find fun or helpful, but they are not what makes us valuable human beings no matter how much we pretend otherwise by making millionaires out of highly skilled football players.
People at that level make that much money because we pay big money for our entertainment, just like with singers and actors. If these athletes didn’t entertain us, they’d get no paycheck. I have nothing against paying athletes for what they do. After all, I watched the Super Bowl because I enjoy the sport and skill and strategy that goes into a contest at that level. But as I said above, these skills are not what make people valuable human beings.
Those millionaire athletes, and little girls and boys who like to run and play, as well as grown men and women who have never learned to throw a ball are all precious to God because he made them.
There’s no reason to put any of them down:
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27.)
and every reason to lift them all up:
There is neither … male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28.)
If someone insists on continuing this debate, here’s the last word on who’s better – women or men – from Annie Get Your Gun: