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Time to break these Gender stereotypes

September 14, 2015

We live in a country full of stereotypes and Gender stereotypes is the biggest challenge each Indian has to face right from childhood.

 

  • Girls are bad drivers
  • Boys don’t cry
  • Boys don’t play with dolls
  • Girls don’t shout
  • Boys are not choosy about clothes
  • Laundry is women’s Job

 

We hear this often. Right?

We experience these in 1 way or the other. The ones who does not conform to these stereotypes face the criticism of others around and often put to shame.

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These stereotypes 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 – 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.

 

These stereotypes are so much ingrained in us that slowly, we learn to live with them.

 

What we should do to curb gender stereotypes

Encourage HIM for sports, taking care of the outside work but do not discourage him from cooking and serving.

Encourage HIM for tough job roles but do not discourage him for teaching and counseling.

Encourage HIM to be strong but do not discourage him from crying.

 

Encourage HER for good manners but do not encourage him to be delicate.

Encourage HER to be gentle but do not discourage her from being loud.

Encourage HER to be caring but do not encourage her to follow her male counterparts.

Encourage HER to take up family friendly jobs but do not discourage her from taking physically demanding roles.

 

I wish all the parents take this initiative forward to break these Gender stereotypes as this needs to be tackled from childhood itself.



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6 Comments

  • Reply Anagha Yatin October 30, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Upasana, I wish to share one recent experience. Few days back, my daughter, all but 9 years came home after her usual play time at the society’s play area. Once home, first thing she asked me was “Aai, should I be ashamed of playing with boys?”. I was taken by surprise. On digging deeper, I learnt that because the boys were playing hide and seek she had joined them and not the girls gang who were playing “Doctor-Doctor”. Whenever she used to hide near the place where the other girls were playing, they teased her with this sentence!
    Thanks to this experience, I could discuss gender stereotypes with her and she realised the folly of the thought that was associated with “ashamed of playing with boys”

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    • Reply Upasna October 30, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Hey Anagha. Thanks for adding this. I never thought or heard about it in my childhood as we all, boys and girls, used to play together. This reflects how these stereotypes are ingrained in child’s mind by Parents or school or Media. We need People like you who helps children break these and support them. Sharing our unique experiences will help us target the problem in the best way.

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  • Reply lalit pandey October 22, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Nice article

  • Reply lalit pandey October 22, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Very well written…..!!

  • Reply lalit pandey October 22, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Nice article ….!!!

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