Friday, July 02, 2010

My Sins Against Gender Stereotypes

This is a tag from Anu:
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?
So Anu is right in saying that I when I read about this Tag on IHM's blog, I thought it to be a weird tag. But after reading a few posts on it, I started thinking, it might actually be interesting!
So here goes:
1. I am not the kinds who will sit pretty and not get my hands dirty, be it to change tires, haul things or help people move.
2. I love a lot of sports and it's not just in passing, but actually watching. Can't say the same for playing, I used to love playing volleyball in school, didn't keep it up after that.
3. I absolutely love reading about gadgets and if I can have them, then even better. Laptops being the most important.
4. I love to discuss politics.
5. I absolutely hate shopping! Detest it with a vengeance.
6. I hate the color pink, I have exactly 1 pink top in my closet.
7. I hate saying 'What's going on Babe' or some such thing to my girl friends.
8. I would much rather wear comfy shoes than wear pretty ones.
9. I prefer action packed thriller movies to chick flicks.
10. I have exactly 3 close girl friends + my sister. Most of my best friends are boys. (It's just happened that way, I haven't consciously done that. It's easier for me to talk to guys than girls.)

Alright, so here's my tag list.
1. Akansha Because I want to see if you come up with anything :)
2. J Man Would be fun to get a Man's POV.
3. Rajat, I know you don't have a blog, you can use my space here, but I want to know what your girly ways are :D

It turned out to be a fun blog. I have not mentioned some things from my childhood, where in girls always treated me suspiciously because I was too boyish for them :D

Newhoo, fun tag, thanks for tagging Anu!


  1. Meg!

    I love your list! It is brill! Esp the gadget thingy...I know how ppl frown upon u because u r a girl interested in boy-toys!! hehehe!

    Just to piss you off again... 'What's going on Babe'

    I so agree on the shoes! i love my sneakers!!!

    I am a weanie...hate thriller/ghost movies! u brave!

    Me too...tons of friends who are boys and they are just easy to be friends with! no complications and it is what it is!!!

    Thanks for taking up the tag!!!


  2. The Cave Man3:57 PM

    "girly ways" - whadya talkin' about?
    I am like the Dos Equis guy - I wouldn't be afraid to show my feminine side, if I had one. ;)

  3. @ ART: yeah why is technology a guy thing, I don't know.
    not cool 'babe' ;)
    @ Cave Man.
    You have a feminine side. And I had to google the ad to see it.
    I know some, but I will wait (patiently) for you to write.

  4. I'm of the opinion that the differences between the sexes are not so great as most people think they are, and many of the differences that do exist are cultural rather than biological in origin. Examples: in some cultures, women usually have short hair. In some cultures, men usually have long hair. In some cultures, both sexes wear next to nothing. In some cultures, men wear skirts. In some cultures, women do hard physical labor. In some cultures, women are just as ambitious as men. Cultures don't have to span a country. A family can have a culture all its own. In one family, gender roles may be continually reinforced and in another, women may be taught that they can do anything a man can do, and men taught that they are not limited to traditionally masculine pursuits.

    Male and Female American gender roles seem incomplete to me. Men are more agressive and take charge of situations more readily. They tend to express their feelings less and in general are less nuturing and loving. Women tend to be weaker, less used to taking charge, and often take a more subservient posture in society. They are more used to expressing their feelings and find it easier to be nurturing and loving. A complete person will embody the best traits of both genders, and that's what I seek in my own personal development.

    I like to cook.
    I like to dance.
    I am willing to talk openly about my feelings.
    I enjoy showing love for people with words and actions.
    I like taking care of business, whether it be maintaining my car, fixing my computer, or making the bank fix my account if they screw it up.
    I don't like household chores, but that's something I'm working on changing.
    I like managing finances.
    I don't mind wearing pink.
    I'm not afraid to cry in front of people.
    Beautiful ideas sometimes do make me cry.
    I like guns and knives.
    I like war movies.
    I like chick flicks.
    I like playing first person 3D shooters.
    When I was little, I played with my sister's dolls.
    When I was little, I played with legos and hotwheels.