Badges for My Sins Against Gender Stereotypes :)

Suranga emailed me these gorgeous badges – please feel free to add these badges to your side bar if you have picked the tag and saved yourself from twelve years of wrong colours and gifts πŸ˜‰

A Pink Badge for men πŸ™‚

A Blue Badge for women πŸ™‚

Please link the lists of your Sins Against Gender Stereotypes to this post, so that I can send packets of chocolates in glossy pink wrappers for men, and TV remotes and beer mugs in Navy blue wrappers for women :mrgreen: …in case you have neglected to tag twelve friends 😈

NOTE: How would it be if there were special badges for best three female and bestΒ  three male winners?

With thanks to Hitchwriter πŸ™‚

And now thanks to PNA – we have aΒ  Facebook group called : Sinners Against Gender Stereotypes (SAGS)

Join and share the link to your SAGS post with other sinners πŸ™‚


53 thoughts on “Badges for My Sins Against Gender Stereotypes :)

  1. I am loving it and I am picking it too…the perfect one for me !!! LOL !!! πŸ™‚

    Come on, WTG !!! You started this tag…now badges for doing it and a contest too !!!! I am in !!! πŸ™‚


    • IHM, this is so cool – AM FIRST IN UR BLOG !!!! This calls for a drink !!! πŸ™‚ Even before the weekend begins, here’s me calling everyone for a drink !!! ha ha ha…

      And that Calvin is just fab !!! Thanks Hitch !!! πŸ™‚ There is always something in C & H that suits every situation, na ???


  2. Wow! Those badges are so cool!!
    Lol πŸ˜€ “Best Sinner Female”…. πŸ˜€

    This tag has taken the blog world by storm. Very very creative and fun tag, IHM!! πŸ™‚


    • Where’s your list Shilpa?? Have you committed no sins against gender stereotypes??
      Can you whistle? Do you love gadgets – that’s blasphemy!!! Do you love car or sports or a mess or work or newspaper!! ???


      • I sit alone in public gardens. I go alone to the mechanic to repair my car. I stand on the weighing machine, alone (of course) πŸ˜€

        I call these gender spaces, and want to fill them up. If more of these spaces are filled by women, that’s how we can flush out gender bias.


  3. Am I eligible for the badge?! It looks nice. I think every blogger in our ‘blog samaaj’ is going to display this badge.

    You as well as Suranga are so innovative!


  4. Ohhh I want that tag – its so cute πŸ˜› I am gonna put up a sinful list for Su too so that I cn take the other badge .. Can I πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

    U r damn sweet IHM πŸ˜› πŸ˜›


    • Thanks Suranga for the lovely badge πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Me – Congratulations Swaram πŸ™‚ You had to work hard and learn to drive, read and fight against bullies to earn it πŸ™‚


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  7. Loved the badges, IHM! Your tag has been one of the best in recent times, if not ever πŸ™‚ I think it must have set some kind of record for the number of bloggers who have taken it up with the first 24 hours or something πŸ™‚

    Would love to get that badge, IHM πŸ™‚


  8. Sobs so much fun, had to be unleashed while I am away. But Maa kasam will do this tag by hook or crook :mrgreen: Hi5 to Suranga for the lovely badges and IHM you are the bestest Tag Creator. I never do tags, but this one is as tempting as the sinful Apple or whatever Eve wanted :mrgreen:


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  10. Wonderful to read all these sinners – with so many of us around how relevant are these stereotypes today?
    Did my tag, ma’m. can I have my gold star now?


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  12. IHM – First off, this is an awesome tag, loved the idea that if enough of us speak up about how we’re not stereotypically female/male we’d all collectively have enough ammunition to break the gender molds for ourselves and for others.
    However: I’m sorry to rain on everyone’s parade, but after going through yet another cring-inducing blogpost on this subject, I need to say this.
    As I go around reading all that everyone’s written (and yeah, almost everyone on the desi blogosphere has taken up the tag), most women seem to take this on as a challenge to appear ‘cooler’ than other women because they don’t do what ‘so many other women do’. Instead of this being an exercise in celebrating our collective sisterhood & our delicious differences, it’s become another attempt in one-up-man(!)-ship. I’m cringing as I see women so stridently separate themselves from ‘OTHER’ women who’re so ‘DISGUSTINGLY GIRLY’. The posts almost speak to some audience whose approval is being sought – and given the patriarchy that we all function under, very likely some imaginary male audience. This is first off disturbing because it casts all women as opponents of one another – that for one of us to win, another has to lose, because this is a zero sum game. Instead of leading to acceptance of our differences, we’re all exacerbating them and using them as weapons. It just adds to the subconscious belief that women cannot be friends, because we’re all threatened by each other, because we’re all going after the same target: MAN. As it is, “our culture provides so precious few narratives about women in shared spaces, about female allies, about women who deeply love other women, about sisterhood. And its lovely, lovely benefits.” to quote the fabulous Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare’s Sister. This tag against gender stereotypes has become more of a tag against your own gender.
    Secondly, this avalanche of blog posts that implicitly criticize other women for being girly (liking pink, liking dressing up, loving to cook and clean) and self-congratulatorily praise the writer’s lack of such girliness (oh, I’m so cool ‘coz I like BLUE!!! and I like CARS!! and HATE COOKING!! and NEVER WANNA CUDDLE BABIES!!) only feeds into the existing narrative that marginalizes all female or feminine qualities as being less desirable, and everything male as being the ideal, default state.
    Our collective conscious already internalizes messages like this – a young girl who likes climbing up trees is indulgently called a tomboy. A young boy who likes girly things – say dolls, or pink tutus, or cooking, or ice-cream – is seen as a freak, someone disgusting, someone to be made fun of. The parents of such a young girl will likely as not warn her that she will need to become feminine as she grows up to be successful (success as defined by being happily married, have babies, etc.). The parents of such a young boy will likely as not be extremely anguished as they wonder what they did wrong – his youthful interests will be seen as indicative of his weakness, or mental imbalances (like as not, this will lead directly to people assuming that his father does not have enough ‘manhood’ in him and therefore cannot pass on enough of it to his son, or that the boy’s mother is too dominating). [See this for a great revelatory of how power = masculine and weakness = feminine in the English language: ].

    The last thing we as a culture need is more such stigmatization of womanly qualities, more reinforcement of toxic prejudices, more insecurities amongst our women.


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