Saturday at Riley’s softball practice, a different coach was running things because our regular coach was out of town.
As he was hitting grounders to the girls, this other dad walks by and jokingly says, “That guy in the red shirt throws like a girl,” and our coach turned around and tossed the ball at the fence where the other guy was.
First of all, what a STUPID thing to say in front of a team of 7- and 8-year-old GIRLS! Most of them can throw and throw well. And those who can’t are just learning.
Second, why does that putdown have to reference a girl? Why can’t they say, “You throw like a sissy”?
Third, I wanted to say, “And you sound like an idiot.” But I didn’t. I did say fairly loud, “Nothing wrong with throwing like a girl.”
It bothered me mostly because the guy saying it was obviously a dad (probably to boys) and the guy taking offense is a dad to GIRLS. I wish he’d said, “Yeah, and I’ll throw you out at the plate anytime.”
Girls are trashed for “throwing like girls,” and they’re trashed for being tomboys. We just can’t win.
That’s why I tell Riley she can play with Barbies and trucks. And there’s nothing wrong with a boy playing with trucks and dolls, either. They’ve got to learn how to care for children somewhere, right? 😉
Try to hit off this girl: Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch