THE FUTURE IS FEMALE
Women are weak. Women can’t do it. Women need protecting. Women can’t be successful. From a young age, society drills negative assumptions, characteristics, and expectations into girls’ minds. We so badly want to break the status quo, but are afraid of the repercussions, of what people will think of us.
Change starts with education at a young age. Educating each other about those different from ourselves, educating each other about what it means to be accepting, educating each other on supporting those around you. It begins with the little things. It begins with teaching young girls and boys that gender roles are exactly what they say—roles. They’re not permanent and should not be used to stop individuals from unleashing their potential. Society relies heavily on two categories, male and female, and with those categories comes a trap. Breaking out of categories comes with confusion and ridicule. What if a woman takes control and knows what she wants just as a man would? She’s bossy. What if a woman holds a successful job position just as a man would? She’s still not as qualified. What if a woman dares to speak up against societies standards? She must be a raging feminist who hates all men. Double standards and unfair standards need to be stopped at a young age.
Women aren’t weak. Women can do it. Women don’t need protecting. Women can be successful. Don’t let the thought of being different intimidate you from being the best and strongest woman you can be. Use gender role expectations as a way to motivate yourself to crush them and prove society wrong. Embrace the feminist in you and you will be unstoppable. Feminism is often misunderstood as a group of angry, anti-men women who want to rid all men from the planet. In reality, feminism is simply believing in equality between men and women. As a result of the misunderstanding, construed by the media, many people—men and women—shy away from the concept because they don’t want to be seen as radical, unappealing, or one who can’t take a joke. Feminism is also about educating others and understanding that not everybody has the same mind set as your own, but that doesn’t mean they can’t begin to learn and grow. Gender role expectations have been drilled into all of our minds since the day we were born and were slipped into a pink or blue onesie so breaking those roles can be difficult, but not impossible.
Don’t be afraid to be bold, to be different. Grab a book and learn about yourself, your abilities, and feminism. Break the status quo.
Empowering reads: Feminism is for Everybody (Bell Hooks), Men Explain Things to Me (Rebecca Solnit), Bad Feminist (Roxane Gay), and All the Single Ladies (Rebecca Traister)