If you are a woman,
Have you ever wanted something that is considered ‘manly’ ? Like a basketball, a cell phone, a dog, a camera or a new laptop? A new car or motor bike? Ever wanted to be a pilot? A doctor or not a nurse? And the manliest want of them all – The remote!
As a kid did you enjoy playing with a bat and a ball?
There was a time when books were considered ‘manly’, women authors had to pretend to be men – would you say books are still rather manly – women should want to embroider and crochet?
If you are a man,
Have you ever wanted something that only women are supposed to want – like bags, shoes, clothes, creams, perfumes, babies, flowers? A peaceful home and a happy family? Have you ever been afraid of the dark or of insects?
As a kid did you ever want to play ‘teacher-teacher’, cooking or did you like playing with a doll? Have you ever enjoyed cooking? Bought something in pink? Loved chocolates?
Are magazines and books, TV News and blogs for men or for women?
Religion and God? Pets? Politics? Air planes and cars? Technology? – Who should want them, men or women?
So here’s a tag – Please list at least ten things you have ever wanted or done which your gender is not supposed to.
The tag is called ‘My Sins against Gender-Stereotypes’. And you must tag twelve blogging friends or else you will be cursed to wear blue clothes pants if you are a woman and pink shirts if you are a man – for next twelve years
Since I asked, here’s my list of ‘manly’ things I have done or wanted
1. Played football in school and now watch the world cup.
2. Have always exercised, loved strength training.
3. Invested in the stock market.
4. I find jewelery cumbersome in everyday life.
5. Dislike shopping (for past many years)
6. Love dogs. And cats and all animals. Even snakes.
7. Love technology – camera, cell phones and laptops (‘men’s toys’).
8. Love books, driving (including an SUV) and new gadgets.
9. I don’t like chocolates.
10. I like red and turquoise (a blue ) more than pink
And yet, I love clothes, lipsticks, healthy food, dancing, kittens and puppies, birds, perfumes, flowers, window shopping for kitchen and home, decor, soft rock and I cry easily.
I tag Monika, Ritu, Sandhya, Sindhu, Deethi, Shail, Desi Girl, Deeps, Starry, HDWK, TBG, Philip, Nandini, Winnie the Poohi, Indian Pandit, UmmOn, Neo, Vishesh, Gopinath, Sunder, Nimmy, Hitchwriter, Shilpa, Scorpria, Sraboney, Blabberblah, Vimmuuu, Kanagu, Prerna, Imp’s Mom and Uma. (Can’t tag anybody else, because then there would be nobody left for others to tag and they will end up wearing the ‘wrong’ colours ! )
All Sinners are welcome to join Sinners Against Gender Stereotypes (SAGS) on Face Book.
Small Print: You know what happens to those who don’t? Pink footwear for men and Blue beer mugs for women for twelve years