If I were a woman | TheUnion.com

If I were a woman

The “If I were a man” comment women use is a way of women stating, “I could do it better than a male.”

The writer of this letter was begging for a female response to his letter. I will try and explain the “girlie man” comment from a woman’s point of view.

About the girlie man comment, one must realize that the governor didn’t say “lady man” or “woman man.” He used the term “girlie.” Girlie is a term of endearment older family members often call young female members of the family. Being easier than trying to keep all their names straight, the generic girlie works fine. The other time girlie is used is for labeling things like magazines, such as girlie magazines. Girlie is not a label for real women or ladies. The girlie statement says nothing about the competency of women but it does say a lot about the weakness of men who are incompetent, thus referred to as immature or simply bodies to be used.

Marie Shriver is a lady. She understands the meaning of the girlie man comment as well as most real women.

Kathleen Amatangelo

Penn Valley

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