Stereotypes are, sadly, used all the time in this world. They’re used on different races, different genders, different religions, etc. However, being a woman, I thought I’d focus today on the stereotypes commonly placed on women either by other women or by men.
Stereotype 1: Women who don’t wear makeup don’t care about their appearances – This is a load of crap and this stereotype always pisses me off. For one thing, I don’t wear makeup other than lip gloss here and there, but you know what? I care about my appearance! Just because a woman doesn’t like to wear makeup or doesn’t feels she needs to does not mean that she doesn’t care about how she looks or that she has low self-esteem, but rather she is practicing her right to feel comfortable and do what she wants.
Stereotype 2: It’s is a woman’s duty to get married and have kids – Wrong! If a woman doesn’t want to get married or chooses not to have children, that is her own business. There are many men who don’t want to get married and there are women who feel the same. Also, I don’t mean to make this about men vs. women, but have you ever noticed that when men don’t want kids, that’s okay, but when women don’t, they’re often times put down for feeling that way? What’s up with that?
Stereotype 3: If a woman is upset, she’s most likely on her period – I used to be someone that didn’t really get why women got so upset at this, but now I get it. While it’s very true (and I’m not going to deny it) that we as women can get more irritated during that time of the month, sometimes we’re just mad because we’re mad. Just as men have the right to be upset about things, so do we. Saying that we’re angry or being sensitive due to our period is dismissive. Even if you’re right and we’re extra sensitive during that time, pointing it out to us doesn’t make us feel any better. Oh and for the record, just because we’re upset about something during that time of the month doesn’t mean we don’t have the right to be upset!
Stereotype 4: Women are sensitive and that makes them weak – Again, this is not true. Yes, some women are more sensitive than some men but some men are more sensitive than some women. Women are not necessarily more sensitive than men are and even if a woman is sensitive, there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, whether you’re a man or a woman, there’s nothing wrong with being sensitive and sensitivity can be a very good thing. Also, being sensitive does not make you weak and often times, it actually makes you quite strong. Sensitive people are very in-tuned to their emotions and usually care a great deal for themselves and others.