It’s Time to Challenge Gender Stereotypes

Hey guys!

I hope you’re all having a good week. This week’s theme is surrounding the whole idea of why men need feminism. So far, from the other lovely ladies who have written their posts, they’ve said how even the word “feminism” can deter people from calling themselves a “feminist”. But I won’t go into too much detail about what they’ve said, because you can go and read it for yourself! 😉

Anyway, now it’s my turn to write about why I think feminism is equally as important to men as it is for women. In many countries around the world, it is the women who are oppressed by what their society believes is right for them. If a girl wears a short dress and lots of make up, then she is “asking for attention”… but a girl can also get abused by wearing baggy trousers and no make up. I’m sure we’ve all heard of this side of the story before. But it is important to realize that the same thing is happening to boys and men.

My mum’s friend’s son used to do ballet, and was apparently really good- so good, in fact, that he could have gotten into the Royal Ballet or something! But, he was severely bullied for it, and now he won’t even talk about his ballet days. It’s sad, because of where he lived, a guy doing ballet is “too girly”. I find this in itself an insult, because it is pretty much saying that women are weaker than men and for some reason, it’s okay for people to bully others in such a way.

I want you to take a moment to watch the following video:

The reason men need feminism as much as us females do, is because we can finally break these social barriers that divide so many. If each of us can stand up against these gender stereotypes that still exist, then I believe that people will be able to accept each other as equals; which is exactly what feminism is all about.

Thank you.

-The Storyteller

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8 thoughts on “It’s Time to Challenge Gender Stereotypes

  1. Luna Cooler says:

    Do you know about this weird song “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by the Four Seasons (includes Frankie Valli)? Do look it up, but I am not sure if it is stereotypical or not.
    Also, the gender stereotypes are so much more than just gender. Race also conflicts with gender. We have to be able to fight racial stereotypes too. Also, don’t forget about religion. To some secular feminists, religion seems (or is) carrying discrimination and inequality as well. I’m not sure if you’re religious or not, but religion has helped shape many women’s identity and is a big part of some women’s life, including mine (I’m Catholic). I think something else feminism needs to do is address religion, because I’ve read a lot of books and articles about feminism and gender inequality and I’ve only found a handful of books/articles that address religion. Even feminism in itself is not totally united with the way we see gender (there are many problems with each sect of feminism, like liberal, Marxist, radical, cultural, and eco). So we’ve got to approach all factors with extreme caution.

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    • The Storyteller says:

      Thanks for the comment! That’s a really good point about feminism and religion, which I hadn’t really thought of in much detail. I personally am not religious, but I do believe in free choice and equality. 🙂

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      • Luna Cooler says:

        Okay. I’ll give you an example of feminism vs. religion. As I am Catholic, Catholics are really conservative (except for evolution; you can believe whatever you want about that and Pope Francis supports evolution). A lot of pro-choice feminists want the right to have nonprocreative sex, abortion, and contraception. However, the Church is against these things. Pope John Paul II (RIP) offered a New Feminism thing, which promotes complementarity of gender, btw.

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      • The Storyteller says:

        That’s really interesting. I think people should be allowed to believe in whatever they want to believe in, but they should also be allowed to have free choice within that belief… does that make sense?

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      • Luna Cooler says:

        Yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhh…I think it makes sense. But we have to know our theology before making any judgements saying stuff like, “YOU HATE GAYS!!” (the Church opposes gay marriage and says homosexuality is disordered but the Pope says we should love everyone) or “YOU DENY WOMEN EQUALITY!!!” I’ve also heard a lotta pro-choicers say that women who don’t support abortion aren’t real feminists, because they are white Republican (conservative) politicians. And I was like, “I’m an independent Filipina blogger!” 😦 Here’s one of my posts on it if you wanna read it: https://lunasimaginationigloo.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/can-feminists-be-anti-abortion/

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