Popular Hallowen Gender Roles

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Imagine the ability to escape from all the gender roles we are absolutely drenched with from the second we arrive here. Imagine a world where your child isn’t always second guessing themselves and who they want to be. Imagine what it would be like if instead of questioning “why?” someone does something, we encourage them to always show their individuality and express themselves freely and openly. We want to believe we are capable of doing all these things, although, what people don’t realize is that they are limiting and taking away children 's capabilities from the second they enter the world. Generalizations of people are detrimental, not just because they have bias, but because every person is an individual, and we are all unique. The goal…show more content…
In a content analysis examining popular halloween costumes, “Female characters were far more likely than male characters to be depicted with traditional feminine stereotyped cues (e.g., revealing clothing) and male characters were far more likely to be portrayed with traditional masculine characteristics, and they were often depicted with hyper-masculine accessories such as having a weapon.” (Murnen, Greenfield, Younger, Boyd). This early labeling can be limiting, by dictating what girls and boys should be, we may be dictating what they could be. A subject such as halloween costumes is important for young people because it’s such an impactful part of their lives as they grow up. It can make an difference from the beginning showing them how they are or aren’t supposed to think. By expanding your children’s views on the world, they will be able to notice small details such as how real life female police officers don’t get assigned a short skirt and low cut uniform shirt. They are provided with the same slacks and shirts as their counterparts. As humans of this society, it’s hard to process there is no correlation between a child’s preferences and their gender, and our cultural rules will eventually become more aware to us when we realize we are not as open to those who are different from…show more content…
The purpose is to not crush their spirit and individuality but to reassure them they are free to be whoever they want to be. Little do you know, that opportunity may have been snatched from them a long time ago with the “Boys will be boys...a vast echoing poisoned pool of toxic thoughts that we spoon feed to our innocent, vulnerable children” attitude. (Boys Will Be Almost Exactly like Girls, It Turns Out). From the moment that a baby is brought into the world, society immediately attempts to take over. Men are said to have strength, be aggressive, show dominance, and love blue. Women are supposed to be subordinate, passive, gentle, nurtured, and pretty pink. Subliminal stereotypes like these not only limit your child from being who they are, but makes them feel like an outcast, as if being different in a bad thing. In a personal interview conducted, I questioned a 17 year old boy and mother of 3 children. Their answers differed significantly being that the mother has gone through scenarios like this three times throughout her life. Although, there still are some red signs in both individuals answers. When asked the question, “How would you react if your son wanted to wear a pink shirt to school but was afraid of being bullied?” The mother answered, “I would tell him he should do what makes him feel comfortable, and to be who he wants to be” (Nero). Meanwhile, the 17 year old boy jokingly answered “I don’t want
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