Beyond Blue and Pink: Redefining Gender in the 21st Century

Vikneysh Raj G G A
2 min readApr 3, 2024

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Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

“Hey, you’re a guy, so you should like sports and be tough,” or “Hey, you’re a girl, so you should be nurturing and love pink.” Sound familiar? Yeah, that’s the gist of gender stereotyping.

But here’s the thing — these preconceptions are as useful as a chocolate teapot. They cage people in, limit their potential, and, worst of all, are simply wrong. Not all men want to be macho, and not all women want to play with dolls.

Let’s break it down even further. Consider the pressure that these gender roles place on individuals. Boys are instructed to suppress their emotions, to be tough and unyielding. Girls are trained to be submissive, to put others before themselves. It’s as if we’re preparing everyone for a lifetime of emotional constipation.

But wait — there’s more! Gender roles affect not just how we see ourselves, but also how we perceive others. Have you ever heard someone say, “you throw like a girl” or “man up”? Yes, those small jabs are not harmless. They foster the myth that certain characteristics are intrinsically masculine or feminine, which is complete nonsense.

So, what can we do to eliminate these stereotypes? So, for starters, we can confront them anytime we see them. If someone makes a sexist remark or makes an assumption based on gender, speak up! Explain why their way of thinking is so out of date.

We must understand that people are more than their gender. They are multifaceted beings with thoughts, feelings, and interests that cannot be neatly wrapped into a pink or blue box. So, let us encourage men to express their emotions and girls to pursue their own interests, regardless of whether they conform to society’s restrictive expectations. And, hey, if a guy wants to wear a skirt or a women wants to fix their vehicles, more power to them!

In the end, breaking down gender roles is about accepting diversity rather than just equality. It is about establishing a world in which everyone feels free to be their true selves, with no constraints. So let’s put aside the misconceptions and enjoy each other for who we truly are. After all, life is too brief to be bound by arbitrary laws.

Let’s change the script and show the world that gender does not define us; we define ourselves.

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