However, there are plenty of gender-specific words and phrases we do use that marginalize, disparage, and invalidate girls and women in particular. I know I'm guilty of using some without thinking; we probably all are. And, just like women were divided on the merits of Ban Bossy, not everyone is offended by gender-specific insults. (Jon mentioned that he thought "don't be a pussy" originally came from "pussy cat," so it's equivalent to saying "don't be a scaredy-cat." I looked up the phrase, and some also claim it may have come from "pusillanimous," which means "showing a lack of determination or courage." I doubt that many people who taunt their friends with "don't be a pussy" think of that, but okay. Point taken. Language changes.) That being said, I find the Duke You Don't Say campaign incredibly powerful. It's really making me consider how easily we throw around words and phrases that come from deeply gendered attitudes - and what we can do to change that.
What do you think?