You are not “supposed” to do this. You are not “supposed” to do that. Okay fine, you’re “ allowed” to do this. You can go there, but you can’t be here! You can live like that there, but what are you doing right now? Who are you going with, when will you come back? Do you know where you belong? Women don’t know how to drive. Do you know where your place is? Do you remember your boundaries? Why would you think about doing that? What are you wearing? You are looking like such a boy! Why you behaving like such a girl? You can’t go to the temple today. How are you working out so much? Weight lifting is only for men! What will PEOPLE say?
There are a million more things, but let’s stop for now.
Everyone’s been through this, heard it, read it, believed it or identified with these statements in some way. They have floating around since the time we were born. They have been dug into our thought process and living process.
Divisions have been made, distinctions have been declared, between man and woman, with extreme definitions of the masculine and feminine forcing us to believe and live a certain way.
School to college, to work, to every area of our life , it is defined by her and him. It’s more of an obsession rather than a simplification.
Everywhere we go, GENDER has become a way of life. There is no existence without gender. There is no logic without gender. There is no moving forward without the understanding of gender. Society has made this a comparative life , comparing gender, men and women.
What we don’t realize is, socially we are a comparative life but existentially we are a complete life.
Society keeps encouraging this division , this way of being which leads to conflict known as GENDER STEREOTYPING.
Let’s take a step back and examine why have we made these divisions? Is to glorify man and woman or is it to make life simpler? Hasn’t division always been the base of understanding human nature mentally and biologically?
These divisions have no purpose , defining how a man is supposed to live, how a woman is supposed to be has just led to compulsiveness in trying to achieve a certain way of life. Stereotypes whether formed through humor or disgrace have the same consequences.
Gender has no basis, it has no meaning. It is only because of the reproductive organs have we defined GENDER. If we remove the organs and we remove the male and female hormones, what will remain? A piece of life , that is it, all we will see around is a piece of life.
It is our compulsiveness with sexuality , with the physical body that has turned our society into a raging gender hungry race. When a child is born, it is the coming together of the male and female, it is ridiculous how gender is given such huge importance just based on the reproductive organs after birth.
Gender stereotyping is happening because of this obsession to carry one’s womanhood and manhood with them 24 hours a day. The only place where Gender is relevant is the bathroom and the bedroom.
Yes, gender stereotyping is all around us. The only examples that are picked up and spoken about are the one’s which affect people, which cause some grief to them. But if you look around and pay attention stereotyping is just present everywhere.
There is nothing as millennials that we NEED to DEAL with stereotypes. We need to break all identifications and barriers in our head and look at people as just people , as pure life. The more we talk about man and woman as separate entities the more deeper this issue will dig.
Instead of making divisions, let us approach this topic with togetherness and as a collective entity and not scrutinising the natural existential pattern we are supposed to follow and be.