Thursday’s Thoughts on Gender/Sexism: Today’s stereotypes of women
The commercials from the 50’s are no different from the commercials aired today — in the present — during the day, reminding women and their children where women belong: in the home, baking, cleaning, mopping, baking and cooking, diapering, mommying, and looking sexy and good while we’re at it. There’s nothing we need more than big boxes of consumerism telling us that we haven’t changed, we haven’t progressed, and even though we get higher degrees than our husbands, our roles continue to perpetuate old societal norms of domesticity — it is our job to care for husbands and kids — it is our inherent right to clean up after their daily and continual messes. Chop, chop, women! By serving the needs of your loved ones, you are serving your own needs. And if you don’t think these commercials affect the way our little girls view themselves — you’re wrong. Flashing daily in our homes, these commercials define femininity for them — it’s what all girls should be doing when they become women. Let’s all turn off commercials — or boycott products until they change their targets/ their messages.
What about you? What are you doing to dispel the messages your kids are receiving regarding gender?