• Good post Reema! Unknowingly we always gender stereotype. Thank you for this post!

    • Thank you so much Swati for taking time out to read this. I certainly feel it is a very important issue in bringing up kids, if we really want the society to change. It always begins with one step at a time 🙂

  • Thought provoking post… We are a nation of stereotypes.., not just with genders but with communities, religion and even professions, all fueled with ignorance.

    • Absolutely bang on! We have to raise ourselves first from such mindsets, only then are we going to help our children become unbiased individuals.

  • very true! It is sad that people push their own preconceived notions on small kids, forcing them to act a certain way to avoid being ridiculed!

    • I know! That is where the problem starts. And we cannot help it much beyond the boundries of our abode. So we need to create that awareness among kids. They have to fight such prejudices!

  • Reema thanks for picking this topic and congratulations for doing full justice in putting your point forward. It is disgusting when others make it obvious around your kids that s/he is a girl or a boy and they need to behave in a certain matter. We hardly realize (unknowingly) we set such examples in front of our kids at home every single day that make gender stereotypes a part of our life.
    The other day I went to buy toy cars for my daughter, and I was told it is in the boy’s section. I felt sick, well… I tried to explain myself they must have kept it for convenience… so as I walked towards the ‘boy’s section’ I overheard a mom telling her son “Why do you want a kitchen set? It is for girls… Are you a girl?” I was appalled.

    • Thank you so much Falak! Exactly my point 🙂 Stereotyping is rampant and unavoidable but it needs to be addressed if need to grow out of it.

      • It starts with a simple comment like why are you crying like a girl? Boys don’t cry and something like these sorts of comments. For instance what Falak has narrated here about a mother asking her son why he needs to buy a kitchen set — is a very sad state of our culture and one that needs rectification.

        • Indeed 🙂

        • Totally … even if you see our ads with taglines like SX4’s “The Men among Cars” It drives me insane

          • The ads are doing severe damage to young minds.

          • It’s not the ads. It’s products manufacturers who are making gender specific products, which are then being advertised through various sources. Fairness creams, face-wash and soaps — good Lord even soaps have not been spared!

  • A wonderful post, Reema! Stereotyping is not only hurtful, it is also wrong. It is so common to hear, pink is for girls, boys don’t cry… girls are not good at Maths or boys are good at sports… Constantly putting someone down based on your preconceived perceptions can have such a deep impact on the psyche!!

  • Indeed Shilpa. On another note, I squirm everytime I find overdose of pink and blue in girls’ and boys’ section respectively. Consequently, I stay away from both when I go shopping for ‘the star’.