Can you fight against gender stereotypes? ‘Yes you can’!
“Boys don’t cry!”
“Don’t ruin your pretty dress in the mud!”
“Football? You should’ve been a boy!”
“That colour’s a bit girly for him isn’t it?”
These kinds of comments get my blood boiling. Just the other day, my little boy rolled his eyes in an ‘entertaining’ high street toy shop (you know where) and said ‘but Mummy, this bit is only for girls…’ as the colour of the FREAKING FLOOR CHANGED TO PINK. And exhale.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have seen this little rant about shops stocking gender stereotypical pinks and blues. And my rather big rant about the nickname ‘princess’ for girls.
It’s not that I don’t like pink on girls, or that my little boy doesn’t love diggers, but what I hate more than anything is the way society pushes certain things on each sex, and refuses to accept that any child of either sex can love anything. Nothing should be ‘just for girls’, or ‘just for boys’.
One very inspiring Mum is doing more than just ranting on her blog to try and set this straight. Cheryl Rickman has just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to get her children’s book published to show kids that all toys/clothes/colours/hobbies are for everyone and encourage them to be proud to be all that they are:
Have a look at this: http://kck.st/2pUPIDk
As soon as I heard about it I knew it was something I wanted to get involved with, and share with you too. The book is called ‘Yes You Can‘, and is targeted at 3 – 8 year olds. The main protagonists are outdoorsy, sporty and creative girls (who save the day of course!), but also features boys who love dolls and boys who love diggers.
“Because,” says Cheryl, “just as there is more to being a girl than being gentle and princessy, there is more to being a boy than being boisterous. There is nothing wrong with “girly girls” or “boisterous boys”, but when that is the only option presented to children, that is very limiting and restrictive.”
The book’s written… but needs our support to get it published and into the shops to inspire our own little people.
I can’t quite believe there isn’t another book out there like this – something that is not only promoting self-belief and confidence in our children, whatever they want to be or do, but also defying outdated gender stereotypes.
I hope you’ll feel compelled to support Cheryl, like I have. I’ll be the first to review the book (and perhaps give one away?) if her campaign on Kickstarter is a success.
To back Cheryl’s inspiring project, please visit http://kck.st/2pUPIDk and share this post to let her know we’re totally behind her and go girl and all that cheesy stuff…
How do you feel about gender stereotyping? Let’s get talking about it below – I’d love to hear your thoughts, or how it’s affected you or your children.