In a Buzzfeed article by Kevin Tang, I found a resonating quote as well as a video animation depiction of said quote and a video from the Representation Project to go along with it. This quote from Elizabeth Plank goes into how gender norms are affecting our society.
“Patriarchal notions of manhood don’t just harm women, they hurt men. Toxic definitions of masculinity lead to well-documented problems like high rates of gun violence, suicide and sexual violence. That’s why organizations like the Representation Project are committed to advancing the discussion about how gender limits the freedoms of both women and men. They recognize that society’s gender ideals aren’t only damaging for women; they’re universally harmful.”
This article brings to light how gender roles aren’t inherently bad, but forcing them on a child could negatively impact their future. Children are curious beings that are malleable to anything that society tells them. Gender roles can affect us from the moment we are born. Parents play a huge role in everything that is exposed to their children, from how they get involved to making choices like the color of their room.
Any time a child tries to question or experiment to satisfy a child’s curiosity, society deems it unacceptable. I believe that society should learn to question things, especially gender roles and such, so as to learn and grow as people who accept things that are different. I believe that society’s idea of gender roles and the strict ideas put forth and reinforced by society can be detrimental to the future of our society, our children.