Throw Out "Throw Like A Girl"!
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When the opposing team intentionally walks a player, the State College Spikes get a cheap laugh by showing a movie clip from Sandlot of a character saying, "You throw like a girl!" on the jumbo screen.
This line is meant to be an insult to the pitcher, one that tells all the young girls and women watching the game that the way they throw is a joke. It's insulting, demeaning, and it perpetuates an old, dumb stereotype that women are lesser athletes, physically inferior, and worthy of ridicule when it comes to playing sports.
I think this otherwise family-friendly and youth-oriented minor league team should send ALL young people a POSITIVE message about the athletic capabilities of girls and women. Mo'ne Davis made Little League history this summer by pitching a shutout game. That's how girls throw! And then there this short documentary that examines the damaging effects of "You throw like a girl": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJQBjWYDTs.
The Spikes general manager told me they use the clip because it is so famous. He also said they would reconsider the use of this movie clip if other people were similarly offended. So if you would like the Spikes to STOP using the THROW LIKE A GIRL clip, then please sign our petition!
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