Identifying oneself, especially one’s sexuality and gender, is an integral part of one’s identity. The society in which we grow teaches us what kind of behaviour a particular gender is ascribed to. These issues are not a region or culture-specific, rather a global phenomenon.
Most societies value men with regard to other genders and treat all genders differently. Women’s work is valued less as compared to a man’s job. There are a lot of inequalities surfacing amongst genders in the areas of work. Our societies make a clear distinction amongst genders.
From a very young age, they are taught activities based on their gender – different toys, clothing, and also how to behave with others. This difference has been witnessed in the smallest and the most rampant things. How girls must dress, what games boys should play, how girls need to whisper, or boys need to be tough. All these are ways of telling children that they have a specific role to play when they grow up.
A man’s work is valued more, as evident in gender-pay gaps and discriminatory gender rules. The role women play or the work they do are not valued equally. Conventionally, women are expected to perform household work and take care of their house as a housewife whilst working full-time.
But is it okay to discriminate between genders? Children should be taught equality and differences in society, and not pandering to discrimination and inequality. This society should quit its archaic and banal views and encourage equality and independence irrespective of gender. Society should teach individuals to see others as ‘humans’ and cultivate equality.