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I Hate Gender Stereotypes

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    Who Needs To Know My Gender Title?

    The gender binary view should have had its day. Why do we need to know "M or F"? When and how is it actually useful? If we lose scruples over gay / lesbian marriage, then why do we need to know at all? If two people wish to become partners for the purpose of procreation? Well, I...
    Fullcircle Fullcircle 51-55, F 6 Responses Oct 23, 2011

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    Who Is the Primitive One?

    I hated being a little girl, being told I couldn't play in league football because I was a girl, being told I couldn't play video games because I was a girl, being told I had to wear a dress and act like a lady and be quiet and sit still and play with dolls because I was a girl...
    eyes eyes 31-35, F 7 Responses Oct 17, 2007

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    You Know What?

    You know what? If I'm ever going to marry, my husband is going to stay home and cook and clean! Okay, maybe not, maybe we're going to have equal roles and we'll treat each other nice. Not like "you're a woman, you must do that and that and I'm a man so I must do this and this...
    whatsername whatsername 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 4, 2008

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    I get mistaken for a boy too much (in my

    opinion) it really hurts me. I hate how ignorant people can be I've had a kid ask me aloud 'are you a dude or a girl' across a street and everyone turned and then the whole street was asking but in a mean way I cried about it for weeks. I don't think I look very feminine but I...
    aoifebrann aoifebrann 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    Suppression Of My Mind

    Gender stereotypes have dictated my life traumatically. I'm an 18 year old male even though I don't feel like a male. I remember when I was younger my parents made me play soccer and basketball. I didn't care and I didn't play, I would just pretend to play because I didn't...
    exodusattack exodusattack 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 3, 2013

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    My daughter is really into Spider-Man

    so her aunty bought her a Spider-man hat. She wore it to nursery and a lot of kids made nasty comments saying she couldn't wear it because she's a girl. It's sad that children a young as that have already has gender stereotypes forced on them.
    Alphamum Alphamum 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 16

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    What Am I?

    I don't know why but people always refer to me as a guy. My friends always call me a guy on purpose. I'm not that much of a tomboy, there are girls that act like guys and all that, but they're still treated like a girl. People tell me I look like a guy but I know I don't...
    ElliePhantomhive ElliePhantomhive 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 23, 2013

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    A New Gender?

    http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/transgender-author-jennifer-finney-boylan-went-from-dad-to-mom--how-it-changed-her-family-162811616.html
    Georgina42Smith Georgina42Smith 41-45, T May 4, 2013

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    I Hate Gender Stereotypes

    i am gay. i am male. i am feminine i resent the fact that because i was born male that there are all these preconceived notions of how i should act and be. i just want to be free to be me, but this world makes it almost impossible - it even tried to make people like me feel...
    steps3211 steps3211 22-25, M 1 Response May 5, 2013

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    I Am A Guy

    Yes it is a fact that I am a male, but something about me is I love perfume, I love makeup, I love having long hair, the color pink, glitter, boys, nail polish, "girl" clothing, heels, and many other things people would call out as being feminine and girly and it annoys me that...
    Justinenvy Justinenvy 13-15, M 8 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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    Why Can't Men Be Sensitive?

    I cannot speak for all women as some silly women nowadays want jerks, but I think it truly is attractive to know that a man can be sensitive and not be afraid to show it. I think there's just a softness about him. Society and mainly some male family members like to assume and...
    FashionQueen86 FashionQueen86 26-30, F 7 Responses May 27, 2012

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    Fed Up

    I absolutely hate gender stereotypes and the people who still stick with them. We live in such a judgemental and expecting society and these stereotypes do nothing to help. I know a few people who's lives have been seriously affected by gender stereotypes because of the way they...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 3, 2012

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    Yeah

    I really hate it when people saw awful things about women. Especially when some pin women with being "over-emotional" or "illogical". I know some people that say those sort of things and when a woman disagrees, the guy says "Gee, lighten up! See? Women are humorless!" How can...
    Mdear Mdear 18-21, F Jul 27, 2011

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    I think we Should feel

    as we want and dont let conservative and unwritten rules steer our lives. We are many on this earth anyway so we might aswell embrace the diffrences and similarities of eachother including gender. Im a straight swedish Male who are shy, emotional and Can cry a ******* LOT if i...
    vickepicke vickepicke 16-17, M Jul 13

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    Gender Roles

    Growing up in a home with a father that was more like a drill instructor, life for me was very different. As I grew up, I realized that the way my father wanted things done was not always the best. Now as an adult, with children, I do things MUCH differently than my father. I...
    spearot32 spearot32 31-35, T Sep 3, 2013

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    Man Vs Woman

    Men and women are not equal and never, ever, have been.Just look in a mirror you scientific illiterate plebeians.  Sure, if you take away our differences in size, muscle mass, vocal tonality, chemical makeup, pheromones, reproductive organs, and problem solving methods… but...
    trilo2 trilo2 18-21, M Jul 10, 2013

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    I think this ad is incredibly powerful.

    I’ll leave the commentary to others, except to ask you to consider 13 year old Mo’Ne Davis, pitcher for the Taney Dragons (8-0) of Philadelphia, PA. She has a 70 mph fastball and struck out 6 players in a shutout against a team from Delaware (described as a &ldquo...
    Rutterman Rutterman 36-40, M 6 Responses Aug 13

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    Common Sense In Some Aspect Should Prevail

    I'm all for equality, however there are some situations that people should use common sense and say that in some areas we should use our gender roles and differences to our advantage. An example is a few years back in georgia a female guard was taking a big man to the court by...
    hal84 hal84 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 2, 2013

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    Especially Here At Ep

    That's why I will always alter my avatar,swapping between male figures,female figures,and non-anthropomorphic figures too.I know this will really confuse andeven irritate some EP members,but why should that be my problem?What I have to contribute to this siteand its members has...
    ZenChai ZenChai 26-30 3 Responses Jan 14, 2011

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    A Wonderful Example To Us All!

    I sometimes wonder whether transgender people like me fall into the very stereotypes we hate. In other words, unless we convincingly re-stereotype ourselves into the "other" gender, we have somehow failed.I have had it expressed to me that it's confusing to give off female...
    Fullcircle Fullcircle 51-55, F 2 Responses Jan 27, 2012

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    We're Equal

    I'm not arguing that the sexes are literally identical, because there are clearly some physical differences. I'm aware of the difference between sex and gender. However, for all practical purposes we may as well be equal. I don't expect males to be "manly" and I don't expect...
    Rennn Rennn 18-21, M Nov 3, 2012

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    The Way I Was Raised

    When I was younger I had lots of baby dolls but I also had trucks, doctors tool kits, and science related toys.  My brotherhad lots of trucks but he also had baby dolls and we had tea parties and sleep overs that involved our dolls sleeping at Barbie's house.  I grew up...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 8 Responses May 17, 2008

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    Technology !

    An English teacher explains to her class that in French, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. 'House' for instance, is feminine. "Pencil," however, is masculine. A student asks, "What should be the kind of the word 'computer'? Instead of giving...
    FreeGemini FreeGemini 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 20, 2013

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    Diversity

    A peaceful world living in community begins with honoring and respecting individual diversity, as there can be no one truth for all there can only be perspective for each. Our world is a mirror reflecting each individual life 24/7. The external cues throughout the ages show an...
    victoriatamara victoriatamara 41-45, F Sep 18, 2012

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    I Just Don't Get It

    Why can't a guy be caring, understanding, and sensitive? Just because I believe in respect and being supportive doesn't mean that I'm not a man. Where is it written that every man must be cold and uncaring? So what if I'm different from the "average" man, that doesn't make any of...
    lyricaldemise lyricaldemise 36-40 4 Responses Aug 27, 2012

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    Just Be Yourself

     I know it sounds cliche, but I really think that everyone should just be his or herself, whether that lines up with gender stereotypes or not. If a woman wants to be a stay-at-home mom, that's fine, and it's also every bit as acceptable for a woman to be a football player...
    Jenniedvm Jenniedvm 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 6, 2008

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    I Don't Enjoy Being A Girl

    I have no desire to change my anatomy (although i did as a kid), but I look at older women and I'm like...wow, the expectations are so different than men, and they suck! And it's like, who cares about expectations, but at the same time, these expectations dictate so much of how...
    yellowkayak yellowkayak 26-30 2 Responses Sep 3, 2012

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    I Just Want To Be Able To Dress How I Want

    My family treats me weird if I wear men's clothing. My dad has said he would rather me shop in the women's section. Women's clothes aren't comfortable at all to me. I prefer men's jeans because they're so baggy and I can get a size that's the length I like since the sizes are...
    NerdyTransDude NerdyTransDude 18-21, T 1 Response Dec 29, 2012

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    Masculinity

    Am I a man or a boy? In gender queer theory, what is it? I think it is hilarious that today's American queer theory presents ideas that use the terms that they seek to rise above. What is masculinity and femininity and does it matter? We did not stop labeling ourselves...we just...
    therover therover 22-25, M Mar 1, 2013

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    Why ???

    Why is it bad when girl's playing with cars and boy's playing with a doll ? Why are we always telling boys "Don't cry, be a man !" ? Why does woman generally get lower salary than a man in the same function and the same education ? Why does woman have to know how to...
    nicerain nicerain 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 19, 2008

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    Give me equality or give me death I don't know

    where I heard this but I think it fits here right
    Life8227 Life8227 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 21

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    Real Men

    My dad is the man of the house. He works, brings home the money, takes care of the bills. Mops the floors on the weekends. Umm.. wait... did I just say he mops the floors on the weekends? men aren't supposed to do that... For as long as I can remember, my parents have...
    eyes eyes 31-35, F 9 Responses Jan 4, 2008

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    I was told I was like a boy

    because I chose to do sports all day. I started playing sports this year and I'm judged for it too. Seriously? I don't give a ****. Hate all you want. I don't care if I'm a girl, playing rough, I could beat your *** any day.
    SuicidalSilence SuicidalSilence 13-15 3 Responses Dec 27, 2013

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    It is assumed that girls don't eat a lot well I

    eat more than my dad at dinner most times and I can destroy a nice burger and steak. I curse like a sailor I am obsessed with superheroes. I love action movies. My best guy friend is in a serious relationship and doesn't care only about sex he is into romcoms he is a great cook...
    LoganAdele LoganAdele 13-15, F Jul 13

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    This Is a Mans Job ...

     that makes me so mad ..  people who say thats a mans  job  cookin is a womans job ...  ohhhh that makes me livid  a man knows or should know how to do his laundry correctly ... if not he needs to go  back to his moms and let him teach her...
    starstruck2xtrme starstruck2xtrme 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 16, 2007

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    I Hate Gender Stereotypes

    i am gay. i am male. i am feminine i resent the fact that because i was born male that there are all these preconceived notions of how i should act and be. i just want to be free to be me, but this world makes it almost impossible - it even tried to make people like me feel...
    steps3211 steps3211 22-25, M May 5, 2013

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    I'm a girl. No, I will not go make you a

    sandwich. Just because I'm in a bad mood doesn't mean I'm on my period.
    huntersmiles14 huntersmiles14 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 15

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    It's Not the Strereotypes Themselves I Hate....

    if someone exhibits gender stereotypes, that's fine as long as they're happy and being themselves, not putting it on. but when people for some reason decide we all should fit into the stereotypes, that is a problem for me, majorly
    AngelaDark AngelaDark 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 12, 2008

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    Gender Is An Extremely Ridiculous Social Construct.

    Why do people even CARE if one is male or female? Why do we have to label that, and why in the world does it have to limit things? What sexual organ I have should not dictate how I'm "supposed" to look, what I'm "supposed" to wear, what I can and cannot do, what I'm "supposed" to...
    fauxsemblance fauxsemblance 22-25 5 Responses Oct 25, 2011

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    Pick and Choose - Pink Or Blue...

    frilly or tight, smooth or hard.  Forget it - we are all just people and we all need to be accepted as such!
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 5, 2009

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    FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT'S GREEN AND GROWING, QUIT IT WITH THE GENDER STEREOTYPES!

    Oh, hell. People are always defining you by your gender. You're a girl, so you must like the colour pink and you love pretty dresses. You're a boy, so you must be into sports or video games. WHAT BLOODY CENTURY ARE YOU STUCK IN? Anyone can cook. Anyone can clean. Anyone can like...
    Ragelovelumos Ragelovelumos 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 9, 2012

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    In family and parenting class we literally had

    to read about gender roles out of the textbook. It showed a picture of the dad working in the yard with his son and a girl cooking with her mom. We were told that boys should grow up to act manly and she constantly refers to boys as "knights in shining armor here to rescue...
    Twittlebug Twittlebug 22-25 3 Responses Feb 18

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    I Am Me

    Transgender, Transvestite, Cross Dresser, Genderqueer, and maybe Bigender with a sexual orientation of Heterosexual, Bisexual, Pansexual, or maybe even Polysexual.  These are all classifications that might be me, at least by the current definitions.  These definitions are...
    KimmiCD KimmiCD 41-45, T 2 Responses Aug 16, 2013

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    .....I don't [dislike all].

    I actually like [most of] them, especially if a man embodies them. And I mean a man that this is what a man follows of his own accord, not because society says so. No one's being forced to follow them. People can choose to ignore them. But there are a few stereotypes that if a...
    VainGoddess VainGoddess 22-25, F Feb 4

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    Stereotypes Are So Limited!

    Gender stereotypes are so weird. Some people who see me at work say "well as a man you'll be blah blah blah" would they make the same assumptions if they saw me dressed up, doing my makeup or reading a romance novel or fashion magazine?
    Camifemme Camifemme 31-35, T 2 Responses Aug 30, 2013

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    Incoherent Madness

    It seems like people use stereotypes when they don't know you intimately. Here is a strange but true example, two different people who live in the same house are isolated because they spend most of their day in the same seperate room and rarely have contact outside of going...
    benmac1089 benmac1089 13-15, M 2 Responses Nov 9, 2012

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    charlie7291 charlie7291 13-15, M Mar 3

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    Gender Roles

    I was born in the early 70's and I was also born with both sexes. I did not find this out until 2006 when I started seeking out a medical professional for my full transition from male to female. I latter learned that I was truly 85% female and that my body was produce the female...
    ladybri71 ladybri71 41-45, T 5 Responses Apr 3, 2012

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    Through experience I have learned to look at People As Individuals And Not In Stereotypes

    I grew up with a variety of different people with different views on sexual identity, so my views on this matter, I believe are different than the average person. So, I don't think that I hold any stereotypes where this is concerned. It is only out of ignorance that people hold...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 3, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    It looks like people can't live in this world without labeling others and getting labeled themselves. It has become such a natural and fundamental part of us that we don't even...
    canttakeitin canttakeitin 22-25, M Sep 3

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    So, I am gay. But the thing is, I'm not super feminine, or have a high voice, or express my self in theater (not that there's anything wrong with theater), but I feel too many...
    Spazz238 Spazz238 16-17, M Aug 22

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    Unfortunately, like everyone I am guilty of stereotyping even though I hate stereotypes. Ep has opened my mind a little.
    staysecret staysecret 22-25, F Aug 24

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    The stereotypes in out world today are just getting out of hand, and is completely wrong.
    mslainiegrace mslainiegrace 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 19

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