I am totally against gender roles, I think a boy can like pink, wear a princess dress and play in the kitchen. I think a girl should get the same rights as a boy to learn about cars, and have dinosaur toys and pretend to be batman!
When (IF) I get kids I’m going to teach them to be just like they are, and I’m giving them the same toys, no matter what gender. I don’t mean I’ll just buy them cars to play with, but I would like my children to play with dolls, car, stuffed animals and dress up as both superheroes and princesses, no matter which gender they are. I will NOT paint my daughter’s room pink r my son’s blue just because that’s “how it should be”. If my girl decides to be super girly, that’s fine, but I won’t force it on her. (Same for my son, obviously).
My class is a only girl class (apparently guys don’t like photography as much) and we speak a lot about equality, stereotypes, but also gender roles. And one thing got me a bit conflicted. Some girls, which I know fight really hard against injustices and gender roles, are almost a perfect example of the female sex role. I’m not saying I’m any different, it just got me thinking.
They all have long hair, wear make up every day, dress in girly clothes, and generally talk in and about girly things. I’m not implying that it’s any wrong with that, it just feels a bit weird that they fight against these roles while they still live up to them. One example is shaving. Guys like shaved girls, and it is the standard of female beauty to have shaved armpits, legs and uhmm.. personal parts. Most girls I know shave, including me, but they mostly say that they don’t shave for the guy, they shave for themselves. They don’t like having a lot of hair, because that is against their gender roles. But still they pledge they’re doing it for themselves not the society , but isn’t that exactly what they’re doing?