Pretty In Pink.
by asrh on September 16, 2014 - 11:04pm
When I was a kid I never really had a favourite colour, and I still don't. However I do remember this one time I was in first grade, the teacher had the class do a poll on which colour was better than others. Each child could only vote once.
At that time if I had to choose a colour, I’d say that I preferred blue more than others.
So when the teacher called out the colour “Blue,”I was tempted to raise my hand, but for some reason, I really didn’t feel comfortable doings so. After she went on to “Pink," and of course all the girls in my class raised their hands including myself. I was so relived that I had done so, because if I had stuck with my original decision I would’ve been the only girl to raise her hand for the colour blue… Crazy right?
I didn’t realize it then, but I was conforming to society’s expectations of what a proper seven year old girl should like and look like. At that age I never really liked wearing dresses, having pig tails and the colour pink, but I somehow already knew what was expected of me and I never wanted to be viewed outside of society’s norms.
Growing up I became aware of all the other expectations that I had to be moulded to in order not to fall into the outcast category.
There were many times where I was overly conscious of whether or not I was being lady like. It was only until my early years in high school that I developed a new mind set, realizing that I no longer had to conform to the gender roles society had for me.
I believe this issue needs to be addressed more frequently because of how much power and influence it has on the people in our society. The stereotypes that we’ve created for both sexes lead to us raising our children into oppressive gender roles, which later on also adds to discrimination against sexes.