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Blue is for boys and pink is for girls, the gender stereotype we need to do away with, because being a human being is about making choices, and gender has nothing to do with it.
The first time somebody mentioned about the boy-girl difference to me, I was around 8 and I never really understood. It did not come from my parents. It was an elderly waiter at an old drive inn. I wanted to buy a flute and I kept relentlessly whining for it. The waiter overheard me and told me that I cannot buy a flute. Apparently, that was reserved for boys. Instead, I was told, I must buy a kitchen set. To an oblivious 8-year-old, that sounded like a foreign language. I already had a kitchen set, and all my cousins including the boys were equally enthusiastic about a kitchen set as we sneakily made rotis in the backyard using a candle.
When I was a little older, in an argument with an unruly auto driver, when my sister protested at his unruliness, he told her, “Being a girl, you talk so much?”. I was fairly aware of this attitude, but when directly faced with a question like that, it made me really uncomfortable. At that point of time, it shocked me that he implied that girls aren’t meant to talk in a certain way.
Fortunately, I was spared at home from all the boy-girl riff raff.
Sometimes I even thought something was odd about my parents. Why were they so different from the conventional?
You would think, that mindsets evolve over a period of time.
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