What`s with all this nagging about girl stuff and boy stuff?
Wow, that was rather vague. But I want to give my two cents about this topic.
This came up in Norway, you see, and the context was as follows:
A school (elementary school, I`m not sure) had presented their students with a list of activities they could participate in. This was on the NEWS, people. Why was it on the news? Because it brought up the discussion of why some activities are considered boy-activities and some are considered girl-activities. It was nail spa for the girls and computer day for the boys, and also «Boy-bingo» and «Girl-bingo». Cooking, arts and crafts and pretty things for the girls. What made me react when seeing the list was that it was either «Girls only» or for the «Boys club».
The reactions in the media here in Norway has been very politically correct: Stop controlling their choices, let them do what they want, stop stereotyping the genders.
And I agree with that. But, I think it`s being blown out of proportion!
Stop pretending that boys and girls, men and women, are so damn similar, because we are not, we are TWO sexes, because it is necessary for reproduction.
Let the kids find out who they are as a person, let them go through different interests, without always evaluating wether it`s correct or incorrect for a girl or boy!
Now, some activities and interests are far more common among boys, and other activities and interests are more common among girls. That is just a fact. But there are many exeptions; there are tomboys, and there are boys who like to dress up, wether it be a princess gown or Batman-costume.
What I`m trying to say is, stop making the gender divition more of a thing than it needs to be.
Let the kids pick for themselves what they like, I agree wholeheartedly with that.
That`s all for now.
Published by Toril Keiseraas Renolen