Did you read the title and wonder if you read it wrong? If yes, then please read this article. If not then this article might not be for you…
As the latest trend goes we have this nice what’s app group of class mommies to keep up with what’s happening in school, reminding each other off school events and of course educating each other about kids related activities happening around. So the other day a mom posted as advertisement for crochet classes conducted during summer vacations. Now this harmless advertisement triggered quite an interesting conversation or rather debate in the usually quite group.
Reading this advertisement, one of the mommies instantly said that she has boys else she would have loved to send her kids to this. Now usually I hate to get into controversial conversations but I could not help but comment that what book said that boys should not learn to crochet. Now this lead to a nice and healthy debate.
But it really made me realize that how deeply and subconsciously these gender bias run in our society. Other day my son carried a pink tiffin and he came back in tears saying mom girls carry pink and everyone teased me- he is just in grade 1. When did we start associating colours with genders? Why should a guy always like football or some physical sport? Does it make a guy less masucline if he likes to play kitchen? And these boys grow up into men thinking kitchen and other such things are women’s responsibility.
Aren’t we responsible for building our society with so many biases? Even educated mom’s unknowningly act on these biases. Then how can we expect gender equality or neutrality if we nurture such biases in our society.
Encouraging girls to play sports or asking boys to work in kitchen is not enough- we need to work at ensuring that these tasks are for everyone and it’s not a novelty when one gender does it.
What other gender biases can you think of? Will be interesting to hear views of everyone on this.