It’s fair to say I’m a little confused.
This week I’ve seen the arguments for and against gender focused toys and whether or not women who don’t wear make up are somehow lacking. What exactly they are supposed to be lacking I’m not too clear on.
And I can’t help but feel we’re sending mixed messages to our children.
On one hand, we want to discourage girls from thinking their only choice in toys are Princesses, dolls and pretend kitchens. We want our boys to embrace toys other than cars and trains which come in uniform blue.
We want them to grow up knowing they can be anything they want, so long as they work hard.
A nurse, an engineer, pilot or chef; it doesn’t matter whether you’re born to pee standing up or sitting down; the world is yours for the taking.
Yet some are prepared to say that women who go out in public without a face made up with makeup are somehow lacking in living up to what society expects from women.
There was a survey last year which claimed 49% of employers admitted they would discriminate against a woman for not wearing makeup.
Umm say what now?!
I must admit, I never knew intelligence and performance were linked to wearing makeup!
I can’t get my head around how as a whole, we want our children to grow up unencumbered by gender specific ideals, yet once they hit adulthood BAM slap on that make and make yourself pretty young lady!
What kind of message does this send out to our children?
That girls can indeed play with cars, become crazy obsessed with Barbie and Thomas the Tank Engine but heaven forbid they dare leave the house for their first ever job interview without wearing a face full of makeup?!
We’re educating boys to believe that girls can do anything that boys do, except when not living up to society’s ridiculous notion that women should be wearing makeup.
It’s no wonder that children still assume that Spiderman is for boys and Barbie is for girls!
If a woman wants to wear makeup, awesome, but it should be because she wants too, not because it’s expected of her.
Same with guys, if a bloke wants to rock the eye liner, good for him, just don’t forget to take it off before bed.