The Need to Make Visible the Presence of
Gender Roles in Our Day-to-Day Lives
“Almost all of us have been marginalized in one way or another due to our gender,” states cultural critic Jessa Crispin. So why, and how does this happen? It is quite interesting that this process of categorization begins the minute we are born — with the color association of pink for girls, blue for boys and even the toys are gendered as girls are given more passive dolls as opposed to more active cars for boys. Because of these early manifestations of what it means to be a boy or a girl, WE — both as individuals and society at large, we do not recognize the effect this division has on our social, economic, political and cultural affairs.
Perhaps we are hindering people from reaching their full potential by placing such straitjacket values of gender roles on children. It is time we think of ourselves first and foremost as humans. Look and think beyond gender binaries. We should examine our own hidden thinking, hidden biases, and hidden prejudices.
How to do this?
Let us begin with the object in relation to self. Is our perception of an object different being a woman or a man? How do we view something is contextual, it reflects our upbringing, our experiences and our cultural values. If you were given a spatula, or a teacup, or nuts and bolts, or exacto knife, or notebook, or bottle of water — what is your relationship with these objects?
The idea is tell/ share personal experience through an object. Use the object as a metaphor to identify/ investigates how gender continues to be a factor that limits choices and possibilities for both women and men. Because each object has its own openings and limitations so it would be intriguing to see how these coincide with human opportunities and boundaries.