GENDER STEREOTYPES

As the story goes two little boys were riding in the car with their father and one asked, “Why do girls take so long to get ready?” And the other son piped in with his question, “Yeah, and why do they cry so much?” The dad, wanting his sons to be good men, carefully considered how to answer the question and then posed the question on Facebook. I had time to decide how I felt about it and here is what I came up with: Some gender stereotypes are harmless. Not all women take a long time to get ready, but the ones who do deserve the jokes. Other gender stereotypes are harmful though: the idea that men think and women feel is degrading to women and it constipates men. By the way, I had time to consider how I felt about this because I was waiting for my wife to get ready to go.

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