Mayim Bialik is urging the world to stop using the word “girls” when speaking about women.
The “Big Bang Theory” star turned to Facebook on Thursday to rant about the ongoing misuse of the word.
In a video titled, “‘Girl’ vs. ‘Woman’: Why Language Matters”, the actress argued the importance of using the correct term. “I’m going to be annoying right now,” the actress began the video. “Because I want to talk about something that a lot of people don’t want to talk about.”
The star was prompted to speak out after witnessing two of her male friends using the term “girl” when referencing an attractive woman at a bar. “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,” Bialik continued. “In fact, it implies that they are inferior to men.”
Bolstering her argument further, the former “Blossom” star went on to argue that people don’t usually refer to men as “boys” since it is seen as “demeaning and emasculating… The terms we’re using for women are outdated and insensitive, and they assume a structure of power where men are on the top and women are on the bottom.”
The California-native concluded her post by challenging viewers to change their perspective on the issue, and adopt a new “narrative.” “To those of you who call women ‘girls,’ I say this: I know your intentions are probably good, but I hope you can learn to see the unintended and negative impact your words can have.”