My Sins against Gender-Stereotypes

If you are a woman

Have you ever wanted something that is considered ‘manly’? Like a basketball, a cell phone, a dog, a camera or a new laptop? A new car or motor bike? Ever wanted to be a pilot? A doctor or not a nurse? And the manliest want of them all – The remote!  As a kid did you enjoy playing with a bat and a ball? There was a time when books were considered ‘manly’, women authors had to pretend to be men – would you say books are still rather manly – women should want to embroider and crochet?

If you are a man

Have you ever wanted something that only women are supposed to want – like bags, shoes, clothes, creams, perfumes, babies, flowers? A peaceful home and a happy family? Have you ever been afraid of the dark or of insects? As a kid did you ever want to play ‘teacher-teacher’, cooking or did you like playing with a doll? Have you ever enjoyed cooking? Bought something in pink? Loved chocolates?

Are magazines and books, TV News and blogs for men or for women? Religion and God? Pets? Politics? Air planes and cars? Technology? – Who should want them, men or women?

List below atleast 10 things you have ever wanted or done which your gender is not supposed to.

1. As a kid (and still sometimes today), I was called a ‘tom boy’ because I loved sports, mingling with boys and wearing jeans. I disliked frocks and skirts (I still do).

2. I hated playing with dolls; I never had those Barbie’s.

3. I love cars. I think all women should learn how to drive so that they can be independent.

4. My greatest wish was to get a tattoo and I have 4 of them.

5. I’ve lived alone in a different city with no one to call my own.

6. Cooking is not my forte. I can’t make round shaped roti’s.

7. I don’t know how to wear a sari. I think of it as the most inconvenient attire ever. Also, I do not fancy nor have I felt the urge to.

8. I cannot stand men who have pink lips or wear fancy colored trousers – reds/greens/orange. Men without mustache & beard are so feminine. I wonder how girls are crazy about ‘clean shaven’ men.

9. I can be one of the guys when I want to. Overt jokes don’t bother me and with the right people, I enjoy them.

10. I do not do ‘damsel in distress’. I pride myself on being able to take care of myself. I can carry my own bags and open my own doors.

11. Love gadgets which are the men’s toys.

12. Are books considered non-girly? I love books, and don’t care what sex they belong to but they are mine.

“This post is for Day 2 of UBC and Daily Chatter

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9 thoughts on “My Sins against Gender-Stereotypes

  • October 18, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    That’s a brilliant list. Makes me wonder, is there something called boy books? Whatever. I love reading and I am sure I would devour them too 🙂
    I was MIA these days. But now I’m back from my vacation and I intend to read all the posts.

  • October 8, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Stereotyping is very much there in our society in everything..and dont think its going to stop as everybody has their own point of views and thinking. I was a girly girl but changed little now!

  • October 4, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Interesting article. I am against stereotyping from the bottom of my heart. I do not like it at any level, be it gender, nationality , color, anything! I would still like to point it out that I do not agree with points 6 and 8. Although cooking or not cooking is everyone’s choice, I still believe everyone should know the basic cooking (especially because you mentioned the being independent point previously regarding driving). It is not about gender but about convenience and being self dependent.
    Secondly, I don’t care how people wear their hair or clothes. Everyone is on their own. 🙂 I do not like when people judge me and I happily return the favor by not judging them on their appearance.
    But as the concept, I support with your anti-stereotyping attitude. I think it is high time and this is the need of the hour! 🙂

  • October 3, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Stereotyping someone will always exist in this society. One has to outgrow himself and stop bothering if he is doing the right thing

  • October 3, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Stereotyping is a comfort zone that most people resort to. I really hope that society’s mindset changes…

  • October 2, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Gender stereotypes prevent a lot of talent from blossoming.
    I love all things gadget and tech.Plus I always wanted to be a doctor.Luckily no one ever told me not to do these things because I am a girl

  • October 2, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I like bags, shoes, books and fancy clothes as a girl but moreover a happy life. I don’t believed in gender stereotypes.

  • October 2, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I love reading Mills & Boons which is generally considered girly. Buy yes, there should not be any such stereotypes.

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