“What is good for the goose is good for the gander.”   While this phrase actually refers to sauce, it can also refer to life.  If you want to learn if something is sexist, put the opposite gender’s face on it and see what it looks like.  If it seems odd, then maybe something is up. I’m specifically thinking of books right now, but you can do this with anything.

Teen girls are bombarded with books about how to get and keep a boyfriend. How to lose weight.  How to do their makeup and hair. How to dress. There are no similar books for teen boys. If they read at all, they read science fiction and fantasy.  So if it is OK to teach girls that their focus in life should be on their image, and subsequently, how to catch and keep a mate, how come it isn’t something we teach boys?

Maybe we shouldn’t teach girls this at all.  Maybe we should teach them good character skills rather than good cosmetic skills.  Maybe instead of teaching them how to dress for success, we should teach them how to be a success.  Maybe instead of teaching them how to find a mate we should teach them how to find themselves.


About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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