Boys will be Boys and Girls will be Girls
The term ‘gender bias’ is most often used in relation to discrimination against women, but men can be discriminated against as well!
Gender bias is harmful to both men and women because ‘stereotypes’ are not always true and having a false view of either gender is not fair.
Gender stereotypes are prescriptive and it’s not just how women and men are, it’s how women and men are supposed to be.
Since childhood both girls and boys are raised in a society where they battle their inner desires. From selection of toys to kind of movies they should watch to how they should act, ‘virtual rule books’ are instilled in their innocent minds.
Women love romantic comedies. Men will laugh out loud at a crude joke. Women appreciate a subtle pun; men a brutal one-liner. ‘Chick flicks’ are for girls. ‘Guy movies’ are for, well, guys!
Members of either sex who do not follow gender stereotypes are often punished or mocked at. It has always been perceived as:
Strong Men and Thoughtful women
It’s time to break the stereotypes of both genders prevailing in societies since ages and it’s best to start it young and when the minds are innocent.
Stop telling kids from young age that boy can’t play with dolls; gender has nothing to do with what toys one should play with, similarly girls should be encouraged to play with racing cars if she wants. Stop posing unrealistic expectations on boys. Boys are not only told that boys are not supposed to cry but crying is equated with femininity and derided –boys sometimes end up forming harmful impressions about women as a result, instead normalize the idea of boys expressing emotions. Men are even mocked for choosing field of study that are less technical like arts, choking their creativity in the process and on the other hand girls are still refrained in many societies from taking science stream as they are not meant for girls. When education did became a subject of gender disparity? Isn’t that should be one’s freedom to choose and learn without being stereotyped?
Boys will be boys and Girls will be girls but that should only mean that they are true to themselves
On this International Women Day, let’s pledge for change #PressforProgress