"What Do You Mean By, 'Debate Like a Girl?'"

Posted on July 02, 2014 by Stephanie Alderdice

Let's be honest. The colloquial phrase, "like a girl," hasn't been a terribly flattering one. As a kid, it was a sneering insult that made an otherwise innocuous term sound like a four-letter word.

You hit like a girl.

You run like a girl.

You fight like a girl.

It is as if doing something "like a girl," meant that the effort was less than ideal. This brilliant video from Always was recently launched tackling this rhetoric.

 Similarly, Verizon paired up with Makers to illustrate the subtle ways in which girls and young women are discouraged from expressing their curiosity and critical thinking skills. 

Many people will contend that the necessity for gender equality has passed. There aren't any rules preventing women from becoming doctors, astronauts, mothers, teachers, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, or politicians. Some may point out statistics that show a greater percentage of women enrolling in college to illustrate that everything is going great.

Except when it comes to representation in politics. Or only 3% serving as Chief Executive Officers. Oh, what about the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields? Nope, that's not too hot either.

One would think that being a highly influential leader in a public debate would mean that the content and quality of one's arguments would be the most important factor. They are, unless you happen to demonstrate some semblance emotion. Then journalists will pose the question, "Can Hillary Cry Her Way Back into the White House?"

So let's start reclaiming what it means to do things like a girl. Young women and girls can be as passionate, critical, articulate, argumentative, competitive, and successful as they want to be. There is no shortage of desire, curiosity, or talent among today's young women. That's why we're selling our "Debate Like a Girl" shirts and donating the proceeds to the Women's Debate Institute. The funds will help cover the cost of their tuition-free debate camp for high school and college aged girls. 

The shirts also give you the opportunity to start discussing the power and potential of young women in forensics and debate. Though it isn't perfect, this activity celebrates the accomplishments, intelligence, passion, charisma, and efforts of a diverse community of individuals. If someone asks you what it means to "Debate like a girl," you have your answer. 

Debating like a girl means using passion, critical thinking, logic, and strategy. How else would they do it?  

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NFL LD Debate Wording Committee Announces Potential 2012-13 Debate Topics

Posted on June 14, 2012 by Corey Alderdice

After discussion and feedback during this week's 2012 NFL National Tournament in Indianapolis, the Lincoln-Douglas debate wording committee has announced the following ten potential resolutions for the 2012-13 season.  Half will be debated over the span of the next year. 

Resolved: The constitutions of democratic governments ought to include procedures for secession.

Resolved: When making admissions decisions, public colleges and universities in the United States ought to favor members of historically disadvantaged groups.

Resolved: United States Supreme Court justices should be subject to term limits.

Resolved: The United States is justified in intervening in the internal political processes of other countries to attempt to stop human rights abuses.

Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory.

Resolved: On balance, the privatization of civil services serves the public interest.

Resolved: On balance, labor unions in the United States are beneficial.

Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee universal health care for its citizens.

Resolved: Oppressive government is more desirable than no government.

Resolved: Rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution in the United States criminal justice system.

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Supplemental Debate Resolutions Round-by-Round Breakdown

Posted on June 10, 2012 by Corey Alderdice

The National Forensic League (via the online National Tournament program) has announced the round-by-round order for resolutions in Supplemental Debate.  You can read the full list below.

Remember, competitors are at the National Tournament to compete in their main event, but that certainly doesn't diminish a national championship in a Supplemental or Consolation event!  SpeechGeek Market is here to help you plan for Supplemental Debate with a brief from BidRoundBriefs!

Supplemental Debate resolutions

Round 1 The U.S. should provide military aid to Syrian opposition forces.

Round 2 Government regulation of obesity is in the best interest of the people.

Round 3 The U.S. tax code should abandon the existing deductions for charitable giving.

Round 4 Race and gender preference policies are a necessary tool for colleges and universities.

Round 5 Congress should prohibit dual citizenship.

Round 6 Parent trigger laws are good for education.

Round 7 The U.S. should provide financial assistance to the Eurozone.

Round 8 The U.S. military should be involved in the War on Drugs.

Round 9 States should have the authority to enforce immigration matters.

Round 10 Prisons should be permitted to use suspicionless strip searches of those arrested for any offense.

Round 11 Law enforcement officials should be permitted to use GPS tracking devices to monitor suspects without a search warrant.

Round 12 The U.S. government’s TV indecency enforcement policies regarding profanity and sexual content violated the free speech rights of broadcasters.

Round 13 (if necessary) The U.N. should admit Palestine as a full member state.

Finals Congress should extend the current interest rates on Federal student loans.

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