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Please watch the brief ad below and think about when was the first time you heard the phrase (“you/he/she ___________s like a girl!”).

Alternately, you can choose to think about the first time you heard the phrase (“you’re/that/it’s/they’re so gay!”)


Describe in one to three paragraphs when you first heard this phrase (whichever you chose “like a girl” or “so gay”). Explain what the situation was, how old you were, whether it was toward you (personally), someone you were with or a stranger. Discuss if it made you feel anything in particular (e.g. good, bad, indifferent).


Draw from the readings (primarily) and videos (secondarily) to explain how the use of the phrases shapes an individual’s agency, experience, opportunities, desires, sexuality and/or perceptions of themselves or others. Think about “when and how” these phrases became bad/negative/used as insults. When/how did they get so much power? You must cite from the text here (in-text citations, however no reference- end page is needed as we are all working off of the same articles/videos).


Discuss how you think we (as a society) and you (as an individual) can combat the use of these phrases in day to day conversation and how we can work to empower “girls” and “gays” in a meaningful, positive way (vis a vis this use of language).

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