Updated from my original version.
Have you ever heard a man refer to himself as a “big boy”? I’m betting no. Now take a second and think if you’ve ever heard a man or, worse, a woman referring to a woman as a “big girl.” I’m betting yes. Why the difference?
Men rarely ever reference themselves in a fashion that detracts from their manhood. The last time a man in your life was going through a rough situation, did he ever declare, “I’m a big boy! I’ll get through it!” I somehow doubt it.
Yet, turn on practically any episode of “The Bachelorette” and listen to both the male contestants and the bachelorette herself refer to her as a “big girl.”
“I’m a big girl. I can handle myself.”
“She’s a big girl. She knows what she’s doing.”
And, of course, there’s Lena Dunham’s equally lauded and bashed show, “Girls.” While it’s true that some of the…
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