We all have heard that hit song “Same Love” by Macklemore. I was listening to it in the car today, I mean really listening to the lyrics. In the beginning he talks about how he thought he was gay because he could draw and kept his room clean. He associated those skills with being feminine. He was putting him self in the “box” that we have been talk about in class during chapter one. His mom had to tell him it was okay that he has feminine factors about him self and make him relies that does;t make you gay. Later threw the music and lyrics he talks about how we just call each other faggots when we do something stupid or girly and we don’t relies that it can hurt. “Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board; A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it”. If you really listen to this video he really explains the gender box we put ourselves as children or even as adults because we feel trapped to do so by society or even our parents.
I am sure we have all experienced something along the lines much like the people in the PSA with not being in your “correct” gender norms. For example I knew many girls in high school that played softball but many others thought that was not a sport women should play. Another example is being in a situation when you tell a young boy not to be a “wimp”. We have all done it, but we are all more aware of the implications it can have later on.
In class we have been going over the idea of gender boxes in which the society around us puts us in. However, I do not think that people outside of taking a gender class realize this. I did a basic google search about breaking the gender norms and stumbled upon this wonderful PSA. Both men and women have these ideas of what society wants us to be, but it is up to us in order to break them. This video is a great example of the “Act Like a Man” Box others are always challenging each other or putting one another down and testing our own boxes.
About a year ago I watched the video for the Ban Bossy Campaign. It’s message rang true for me and hit me hard because as a little girl I was oppressed with words like bossy. I think that this campaign really applies to our class. Take a look at the following information and I think you’ll understand why.
Their Campaign Pitch: “When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead.”
Their Video Outreach: