This. Although I will append a funny story about “like a girl” commentary from around my dinner table. My younger son and his classmates were using googlechat to discuss a project they were working on. There were two girls and at least two boys who were working on this project together.
The day after one of these chats, one of the boys came up to my son to express his dismay at my son’s typed language. It was grammatically correct, and the sentences were on the longer side. This boy said, “If (the two girls) hadn’t been there, I would have told you you write like a girl.”
I asked, “Why didn’t he say it while the girls were there?”
My son looked at me as if I were a moron. “They’d kill him.”
So, clearly, things are shifting bit by bit. When I was my son’s age, the phys Ed teachers in co-ed classes very regularly pointed out - to the boys - that the “threw like a girl”, “ran like a girl” or “cried like a girl.” It was clearly meant as a pejorative.
Now, at least, it’s understood that the statement is a pejorative, and it’s one the girls themselves will not appreciate at all.
When I do book signings, most of my line is made up of young girls with their mothers, teen girls alone, and mother friend groups. But there’s usually at least one boy with a stack of my books. This boy is anywhere from 8-19, he’s carrying a worn stack of the Books of Bayern, and he’s excited and…