Describe in one to three paragraphs when you first heard this phrase
(whichever you chose “like a girl” or “so gay”). Explain what the
situation was, how old you were, whether it was toward you (personally),
someone you were with or a stranger. Discuss if it made you feel
anything in particular (e.g. good, bad, indifferent).
Draw from the readings (primarily) and videos (secondarily) to
explain how the use of the phrases shapes an individual’s agency,
experience, opportunities, desires, sexuality and/or perceptions of
themselves or others. Think about “when and how” these phrases became
bad/negative/used as insults. When/how did they get so much power? You
must cite from the text here (in-text citations, however no reference-
end page is needed as we are all working off of the same
Discuss how you think we (as a society) and you (as an individual)
can combat the use of these phrases in day to day conversation and how
we can work to empower “girls” and “gays” in a meaningful, positive way
(vis a vis this use of language).