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Fri Feb 6, 2015, 11:56 PM

Ten responses to the phrase "Man up"

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Reply Ten responses to the phrase "Man up" (Original post)
ismnotwasm Feb 2015 OP
A-Schwarzenegger Feb 2015 #1
Warpy Feb 2015 #2
Divernan Feb 2015 #3
Tuesday Afternoon Feb 2015 #4
cwydro Feb 2015 #5
Rowdyboy Feb 2015 #6

Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Sat Feb 7, 2015, 12:02 AM

1. 10. No.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Sat Feb 7, 2015, 01:22 AM

2. Excellent

I hate that phrase. "Grow up" did the same job without the sexism but with all the annoyance on both sides.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Sat Feb 7, 2015, 02:25 AM

3. Excellent & powerful -

I've used that phrase in the past, but never will again. Upon reflection, what I meant to say and needed to say was to urge someone to "human" up, or to "take courage".

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Sat Feb 7, 2015, 02:31 AM

4. 11. Fuck off. (Thanks for this, ism)

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Sat Feb 7, 2015, 02:05 PM

5. Recced.

However, I've never used the phrase or heard it used to me.

If I had, no doubt I would have picked Tuesday's response!

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Sat Feb 7, 2015, 04:51 PM

6. Other than his first reaction, my favorite was the speakers disdain for using "man up"

to imply that perseverance, strength and competence are uniquely male characteristics.

Do Gabby Giffords, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai need to "man up"? How about Bella Abzug, Christa McAuliff and Eleanor Roosevelt-did they need to be male to be meaningful? The phrase is outdated, more suited to the 1950's than to today.

Its hot right now though, just like immediately after 9/11 "Let's roll!" was hot. Saying "Grow up" is the same thing without submerging in a swamp of sexism.

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