I have to confess, the #LikeAGirl commercial didn't resonate with me. I'm 30 years old and haven't considered myself a girl for years. It's great they are trying to promote boosting girls' self esteem, I just think there's a better way to empower females than to insult them at first. The first time I saw the #LikeAGirl commercial, I changed the channel not even halfway through. I didn't want to watch or hear the insults and I'm sure a lot of people didn't either. Even after online discussions and reading the commercial description, I didn't go back to watch it in full.
There's a much better way to show strong females:
These are the type of commercials I like to see. I know they're advertising women's athletic apparel, but showing is much better than talking. You see how fit these women are and the hard work it takes to get there. This is what motivates me. I'll never be a professional athlete, but I can put in as much effort as I can and be the strongest I can be.
I love Sally Bergesen's tweet. That's what resonated with me. I may have been a girl, but when I was on the soccer field, I was a soccer player. I was an athlete, and I never used "girl" soccer player or "girl" athlete to describe myself. #LikeAGirl had potential, but #LikeAWoman sounds so much stronger to me. #LikeAWoman can give girls something to strive for and look up to.