What do you think about gender roles?

Sevilla, Spain
March 22, 2017 9:23am CST
Since we were little we tell the children what they have to be and what their role in life, the girls we wear pink and boys in blue, girls are given dolls and boys cars. What do you think about this? Do you think that with this we are helping that the inequality between the genres continues and the children can not define their true identity?
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• United States
22 Mar 17
I kind of think gender roles are stupid and pointless. If my kid wants to wear a color shirt that is considered to be "feminine" or "masculine" then so be it because it is JUST a color and colors can have tons of meanings. If my kid wants to play with toys that aren't supposed to be with their gender then so be it because it is JUST a toy. It has also been proven that androgynous characteristics are more desired in relationships than the stereotypic "man" and "woman" characteristics. Relationships that follow traditional gender roles are a lot more likely to end in divorce than two people with androgynous characteristics are. The study stated that people who followed the traditional roles got bored with each other and normally didn't change or stimulate each other.
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@megatron777 (3777)
• Guam
22 Mar 17
I don't think so. There's so many factors to be consider to reach equality between the sexes, color set aside.
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@nanette64 (17977)
• Fairfield, Texas
22 Mar 17
I was raised and told that there's nothing you can't do regardless of gender @LiaWazowski . At age 11, I learned how to ride a motorcycle, helped build a house, worked on cars, learned to box, swam across the Missouri River. The problem over the last 30 years is the parents not carrying on that ethic.
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@paigea (22484)
• Canada
22 Mar 17
Wow, that sounds so old fashioned to me. I was born in the 1950s and my parents didn't do that to me! In fact my father refused to buy me a doll. I pretended other objects were my "babyies" and wrapped them in tea towels and carried them around. My dad finally relented in letting me have dolls to play with. But he certainly succeeded in teaching me that males and females can choose what they really want to do in life. My parents didn't follow these old gender roles.
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@Paljas (146)
• South Africa
22 Mar 17
Interesting topic. I think parents should not try to define their kids. We are all born with different personalities to make as unique and individual. That's what it is all about at end, isn't it?
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@Meramar (2724)
23 Mar 17
We try to take care of so small and unimportant points and aspects like the meaning of a color (pink for girls and blue for boys) that we forget to look after the really important aspects of life: teaching the children to be persons, love, education, respect. When I was a child, I played with dolls, but also with cars. My parents and myself didn't make any difference if pink, blue.... I even had an album and collected football stickers! Now, I don't think that I am less woman because of that.
• Eugene, Oregon
23 Mar 17
All that you list does contribute to the inequality in gender. It is finally becoming out of style.
• Newport, Rhode Island
23 Mar 17
I believe in live and let live. I have friends of all flavors and, frankly, their gender identification is not important to me at all. I am considered strange by many because I never married or wanted to have children, but I never envisioned myself as a wife or mother. I love my friends and soul family unconditionally.
• United States
22 Mar 17
That's a tough question. My experience was that I gave my little daughter crayons and paper and she sat down and colored....my son chewed on the crayons and threw them. I think the little creatures are gonna be what they're gonna be no matter what color we dress them in.
@Shavkat (65268)
• Philippines
22 Mar 17
I think gender equality need to be introduced to children. The difference in color should be changed in their mind.