I will not stop my Son to point his finger at a doll when it comes to buying a toy.
Some will laugh at this
Some will mock me
Others debate over this
I live in a country full of stereotypes and Gender stereotypes is the biggest challenge each Indian has to face right from childhood.
Common of these gender stereotypes are:
- Girls are bad drivers
- Boys don’t cry
- Boys don’t play with dolls or soft toys in general
- Girls don’t shout
- Boys are not choosy about clothes
These stereotypes don’t have any logical reason but yes, they affect one’s character and can hamper their growth.
Lets see how they do this:
- Girls are bad drivers- This reduces their confidence and make them prone to accidents or sometimes they over-speed to prove themselves.
- Boys don’t cry- This force them to suppress their emotions or otherwise he can be put to shame.
- Boys don’t play with dolls or soft toys in general- If any boy child been refused by parents to buy a doll, you are infusing the stereotypes in him too.
- Girls don’t shout- If you repeatedly say this to your girl, she can get stubborn.
- Boys are not choosy about clothes- If any boy likes to follow the fashion trends, he will hide it from others as otherwise he will be teased.
I wish all the parents take this initiative forward to break these Gender stereotypes as this need to be tackled from childhood itself.
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