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Try not to giggle

CH0000A175Giggle seems to be a word making a splash early in 2014. I saw a business aimed at women using it in a tagline and a Facebook page for women using it in an ad. Cute, right? Not to me. Giggle implies immaturity. Here is the definition from Dictionary.com:

verb
to laugh in a silly, often high-pitched way, especially with short, repeated gasps and titters, as from juvenile or ill-concealed amusement or nervous embarrassment.
noun
a silly, spasmodic laugh; titter.

In searching for the use of giggle by businesses, I found that many are companies selling children’s products such as toys, books, and games. Some children’s photographers use giggle in their business name or tagline. I can understand this since giggling is associated with children.

I don’t think giggling should be associated with adult females, especially if those females want to be taken seriously. Recently, I heard a man refer to a group of women as a bunch of “silly, giggling girls.” This was not meant as a compliment. It was meant to demean them and to show the speaker’s contempt for their behavior. Who wants to be associated with that?

Consider this definition from Urban Dictionary: “to laugh in a really cute bubbly manner.” And the sample sentence: “Christine has the cutest giggle and i wanna smack that ass.”

Is this really how women–intelligent women, professional women–want to be viewed? I don’t. Who is going to take a giggly, silly, cutesy, “I wanna smack her ass,” woman seriously? I’m not going to take her seriously and no man is going to take her seriously.

Women who want to be treated with respect, to be treated as intelligent humans, as competent professionals, and as equal partners should not be gigglers. Laugh boldly. Laugh loudly. And leave the giggles to babies and children.