boyish, not masculine
a comment on my new bob haircut:
“it suits you, its boyish without being masculine”
Most of the commenter’s conversations are liberally dosed with references to gender stereotypes. It’s tiresome. It smells of the inference that I aspire to distance myself from female stereotypes by aligning with male stereotypes
I have no aspiration to align with male gender stereotypes
Gender stereotypes are essential tools for prejudice and discrimination. I can aspire to have creative skills, be organised, be healthy, witty and develop my spelling skills. Clearly, the stereotypes for these behaviours need not be tied to gender. How wonderful if more Brits started thinking and talking in terms of knowledge skills and values. Dropping reference to, and thereby perpetuation of, gender stereotype
Lets strive to weaken the lives of gender stereotypes by simply not using them. Let thier power for supporting prejudice die through simple neglect and obscurity. Hoorah!