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After years

of being

a sexist put-down

the word “girl”

is being embraced

as a statement of

power and vitality.

 

Gone

is the old-school, 

coffee making,

office-slaving,

husband’s

credit-card-borrowing 

girl.

 

“Girl” is reborn with the

vigor and spontaneity of

female adolescence.

 

It’s usage is a defiant 

celebration

of a word formerly fraught 

with oppression