The power of stereotypes

I'm a bit nervous about straying onto the topic of transgender because I know there's a lot of hate out there about the issue at the moment. However, I read a really interesting piece about people struggling with regret after transitioning - click here to read the full piece.

Firstly I want to state that I fully support everyone's right to live as the gender they feel is right for them so this is not about questioning that right or disbelieving transpeople. 

What I found interesting about the people interviewed in the BBC article is that they felt the need to transition in the first place due to not conforming to gender norms. Imagine that. 

So a young women who couldn't relate to society's gender stereotypes and norms, found the culture so pervasive that she was convinced she was in the wrong body, rather than assuming that the stereotypes were wrong. 

This is a classic example of how powerful and damaging gender stereotypes can be. 

And that's before we even get started on the people who decided to transition because of the negative experiences they've had as women, such as abuse and harassment. 

To be clear - everyone is an individual. Everyone has the right to like or dislike any colours, toys, activities, hobbies or careers they wish and gender has no part in that. Removing gender stereotypes will allow people to be themselves. 

The End. 

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Image credit goes to Kirsten Myers. 

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