Sex & Gender: Why do we segregate each other?

Stereotypes are boring. Boys are tough, girls are weak, used to be the old one and now it’s apparently gone too far the other way, there are too many feisty girls and too many weak boys in stories.

So how can we win? We can’t really. Stereotypes are bad, we all know that, but when we try and get rid of those stereotypes, we end up going too far the other way. One gender is always crushed by the other at all times. Why? Aren’t we both the same underneath?

Religion and ye olde times state that males and females are suited to different roles. Females are more emotional so their “role” is to be the supportive and caring part of the family. Males are more physical so their “role” is to go out and provide for the females. We all know this standard stereotype and to some extent, it is true. Our different hormones and brains are what make us different from each other, not only physically but it also affects how we act and think. How much though can this be applied to our sex?

Men are known to be naturally more aggressive but it also completely possible to have a very passive male who would never, ever get into a fight. It is also possibly to have an extremely aggressive and violent female. Yet when these things happen it’s seen as “wrong” because it’s not the way things have happened before. Remember a few years ago when the media went nuts about girl gangs? I believe our genders are down to society and not our brains or hormones. Sure, they influence us a lot but there are any possible number of personality types and they stretch across all genders, all races, all sexual orientations. We only believe it is unnatural for a girl to be violent because in the past, when men were always dominant, women were brought up to be meek and weak. Society has changed and so has our genders.

I find it damn right insulting to be told girls should be brought up on stories about boys, make-up and clothes. I also find it equally insulting for people to insinuate boys do not have emotions. Men are just as deep as women when it comes to emotion. They may not express it as much but to claim they are shallow is insulting. We need to get past this silly idea of men should do this and women should do that. Gender shouldn’t matter. Yes, we all have instincts, animal instincts that can differ from gender to gender. Just don’t get me started on people who think men want sex more than women…

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