Sunday, 11 October 2015

5 Things Only Parents of Boys Will Understand

1. They have a penis Everything is a Boat/Plane/Helicopter

All empty boxes, upturned tables and toy chests are capable of being converted into male-based modes of transport.

A rocket to the moon!
2.) They have a penis Everything is rough and tumble

Boys enjoy wrestling each other to the ground until the other one submits. Honestly they can be such a handful at times!


3) They have a penis Meal times are so messy!

Boys just don't care. Fish fingers on the floor, noodles in their hair. It's all a big game to them.



4. They have a penis. They are so MESSY!

I mean, you look away for one minute and your house is a wreck!


5. They have a penis Boys and Boys' Toys

They just love problem solving and building things. You can't stop them!




The point is - there is no difference between our boys and girls. Now and then it might make an amusing read, but essentially these gender disparities are the same difference. It is so important that we don't let gender define us. The boundaries of gender need to be bent and broken, so that my girls can grow up believing that, should they so choose, they can fly a plane. They can drive a train, become an astronaut or a wrestler, or whatever they like. They are not the second sex because they are girls - they don't have to feel that they are excluded from anything because I have made it so that gender is not an issue.

Equally, boys should not be socialised to believe that they are expected to act a certain way. Boys aren't necessarily more messy than girls, they are not any less emotional than girls, they don't need to be strong or silent or rough.

Why are we putting all of this onto our children from such a young age, and what do we get out of it? Why are we putting our kids into little boxes labelled "pink" and "blue" - how can we do this as parents and yet complain about gender inequality.

The only difference between boys and girls is a penis. 

And having one doesn't make you any better or worse than anyone else.

4 comments:

  1. We have a friend, she's a wrestler, TRUE!

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  2. Love this! Well done Kerrie! My 4yr old boy loves pink and plays with 'girls' toys and why shouldn't he! Your girls can be anything they want to be, just like my boys!

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  3. I read that lazy bit of journalism recently too. Makes me so mad! My boy regularly dresses as a princess, wears nail varnish yet manages to wrestle and build things etc. My girls do super heroes, barbies, construction and everything in between. All this gender stereotyping is so limiting! Ugh!

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  4. Nice. There are differences between girls and boys, but as with all things there's a huge range and massive crossover even within those differences, so if you take 14 trillion boys and compare them to 14 trillion girls you will spot it, but when you have one or two of each, just forget it. Plenty enough girls want to build LEGO models and play with them in the dirt, and plenty of boys want to spend their time having dolls tea parties - don't force your kids to fit into a stereotype, they're all different.

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