How many times have we heard these phrases?
-It's a man's game
-Be more ladylike
-Boys don't cry
-Tomboys are freaks
-You play like a girl
-She owes you, she wants it, seal the deal
-Be a man, man up
I've played ice hockey (a man's game), I burp loudly and can curse like a sailor (not ladylike characteristics), I yell rather than cry sometimes (girls always cry), I love wearing men's clothing (it's not normal to be a tomboy), I am a girl but I play the game with 100% intensity (girls can't play sports), I don't owe anyone anything (I do what makes me feel comfortable), and why would I want to be a man, being a woman is awesome. Why can't I just be me? Why are we always expected to be something we aren't? Doesn't my personality matter, my intelligence, my wisdom, what about my humor?!
It's time to break out of the box and leave gender stereotypes as something in the past. It's time to break free of oppression, rise up, and raise hell. I don't like focusing on what society wants me to be because focusing on what I want me to be is much more rewarding.
The steps I am taking to break the box are:
-Do what makes me happy
-Wear what makes me comfortable
-Say what I think and how I feel
-Refrain from gender specific insults/ correct my friends when they do
-Keep an open mind
The steps are small and easy to do.
How are you going to break free from the box?