The stereotypical or the stereotypes are the norms of assessing a gender. The very archetypal syndrome which is expected from a specific gender is ‘ thankfully’ a borrowed one with a lot of deviance and anomalies, variety does not find a place, everything is subjugated to pre conceived notion derived, set rules. Talking about third world countries, the progress is still on a lower graph but yes in urban India, people have started to think. That surely lays the first stone
Few observations -Parent's story from the shelf
- · My son cried a lot while watching a movie
- · My daughter is obsessed with mechanical gizmos’
- · My brother loves to cling with soft toys
- · My daughter loves it when she does not use make up
- · My son plays with utensils; he has no eyes for other male specific toys
- · My daughter loves black and blue
- · My son says he would paint his wall pink
- · My daughter is football frenzy, she has those hysterical outbursts while watching a match
- · My son, he never takes the pain to turn on the sports page...weird na
These goes on, the rhythm somewhere sets a different tone for the conventional social class. But what is norm, who sets the benchmark. The yardstick to delineate what is right for the other is according to a specified barometer.
Each one of us have varied spectrum of thought mechanism.... are born with multidimensional behavioural skills and have a natural tendency towards life. Is it right to turn the steering according to the social perception and mould natural efficacy?
So, next time try to think as a liberal parent....the boy might have an eye on the pink shirt on the shelf...or the little girl rightfully approves her tanned skin after a rebellious football match..
The gender story is so well constructed by us....can we ever come out of that armour...rightfully...ever?