Started by URnotmeRU, Oct 02, 2003, 06:14 AM
"I think what it comes down to is that the biggest thing feminism has given girls and women today is choices, and the freedom to be themselves. Girls can be girly and strong at the same time. Being allowed to participate in both "male" and "female" things is like getting the best of both worlds. Little girls grow up with the message "Girls can do anything!", and indeed, it's not atypical to find a girl who loves dolls and baseball.What you don't see too often are boys who love dolls and baseball. It's interesting that the latest trend is giving baby girls boys' names (I have heard Austin, Taylor, Dylan, Chandler, Dustin), but you won't often find a baby boy with a girls' name. Girls can wear basically anything they want; pants are no longer just for boys, but boys' clothing options are still limited. Boys can't wear girls' clothes without everyone getting themselves all worked up to a tizzy. A girl can be called a tomboy and it's a good thing, but a boy who's a sissy is a playground reject. What all this shows is that "male" things are still valued more highly than "female" things, unfortunately. If girls can be assertive, wear anything, play sports, excell in math and science, I think it's equally important for boys to be able to play with dolls, cook, cry when they feel like it, and wear pink. There are positive characteristics of both the the traditional male and female gender roles, and we need both."