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Mayim Bialik Breaks Down Why We Need To Stop Calling Women 'Girls'

Mayim Bialik Breaks Down Why We Need To Stop Calling Women 'Girls'
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Despite creeping up on my 31st birthday, I'm not really that mature of a man. Sure, I work a whole lot, pay my bills, I'm married with a kid, have responsibilities that I tend to, diet (when I feel like it), and take care of myself (for the most part), but I still feel like I never really grew up.

But if another man called me a "boy," I'd probably gouge their eyes out and pour vinegar in the open wounds. Or at least I'd want to because that's hella demeaning, and I think that there are lots of other men, who would agree with me (OK probably not about the violent response part, but you get the idea).

So why is it that so many people are quick to call grown women "girls"?

It's an issue that actress Mayim Bialik addressed in this powerful Facebook video that's quickly going viral.

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

I get super annoyed when people call women "girls." You don't call a grown man a "boy," do you? Yes, I overthink everything. Here are my thoughts on why and how to change how we talk about women.

Posted by Mayim Bialik on Thursday, March 23, 2017
"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."

This line from her video especially hit home for me.

"We never call men boys because it's demeaning and emasculating."

Some of the top voted comments on her video were people disagreeing with Bialik.

There were tons of people who echoed Bialik's comments, too.

Do you think it's wrong to call women "girls"?

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