There’s no denying the fact that our society has a lot of gender stereotypes clearly defined in pink and blue lines. A little girl’s nursery is filled with dolls, kitchen sets, unicorns and rainbows while a little boy’s room is dotted with rockets, cars, superheroes and action figures. The environment is not gender-neutral even when it comes to packaging/marketing of toys, career paths, marriage, etc. Having said that, people are slowly but steadily rejecting this social conditioning and accepting diversity.
In a recent Reddit thread, men from across the world discussed the things they love doing despite the fact that they are conventionally labelled girly or feminine.
#1. Bath products, creams, and lotions targeted at women
#2. Getting manicures, pedicures, and applying makeup (like concealer and nail polish)
#3. Sewing, embroidery and crocheting
#6. Fresh flowers, bouquets and scented candles.
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#7. The colour PINK!
#8. Fruity drinks with the tiny umbrellas
#10. Crying and freely expressing emotions
This thread is a wonderful reminder to all of us to not do a double-take when a boy asks to play with dolls, not question a teen’s sexuality if he paints his nails, and not taunt a man for crying while watching ‘500 Days of Summer’.