Big Bang star wants to stop calling grown women 'girls'

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah-Fowler) has just gone viral after posting a video that asks women and men to stop referring to women as "girls".

On Thursday (March 23), Mayim uploaded a four-minute video to her Facebook page, alongside this caption: "I get super annoyed when people call women 'girls'.

"Here are my thoughts on why and how to change how we talk about women."

The video – titled "Girl" vs. "Woman": Why Language Matters – has been viewed more than three million times and urges people to think about the language they use when describing women.

And, we dare to say, she has a point. You tell 'em, Mayim.

"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," she said.

"In fact, it implies that they're inferior to men."

During the video, the sitcom star argues that calling women 'girls' dates back to an "outdated" and "male-centric" time in history, before calling on women and men to "change this narrative".

"There's a thing that happens when we grow up in the kind of male-centric culture we live in," she added. "We start to believe the way things are, is the way they have to be.

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"The terms we're using for women are outdated and insensitive - and they assume a structure of power when men are on the top, and women are on the bottom.

"This kind of thinking has persisted far longer than it should have, and we know better now.

She concluded her video with a rallying message to everyone, adding: "It's up to us to change this narrative.

"The thing we need to start doing as women is to consistently, gently and politely correct people when they call women 'girls'."

The Big Bang Theory airs on CBS in the US and on E4 in the UK.

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