For centuries, women have been forced into roles that were unfair and often cruel.
Along with these roles came a whole bunch of stereotypes – ideas accepted by society that a woman should do certain things or act a certain way.
Only until recently (the past few decades) has a huge light been cast on the unfair and unequal treatment of women.
Below are 7 dumb stereotypes about women that are slowly, but surely dying.
1.) The Cooking & Cleaning Is The Woman’s Job
If this is something that you are happy to take on, by all means, go ahead!
But if you are in a relationship where this is EXPECTED of you (simply because you are a woman and this is your “job”), you and your partner need to have a very serious conversation!
Over 60% of couples in the United States both work to bring in an income.
In other words, it is completely unfair to assume that the woman would finish her workday, only to come home and do all the housework as well!
This stereotype is slowly dying because it is not fair and times have changed.
Dual income homes are now “the norm” and the man is rarely the sole provider.
It’s time to sit down and split up the “home chores” evenly!
2.) Long Hair Will Make a Woman Look More Attractive
Long hair on a woman was the social norm until the 1920’s!
It was at that time that women started to challenge the chauvinistic stereotypes placed upon them.
Only after the 1920’s did you see women cutting their hair off. “Hollywood Bombshells” even had short, shoulder-length hair!
But to this day, women are still told, “You look so much younger with long hair.” “Now you look like a Mom with your shorter hair.” “Men prefer long hair over short hair!”
The thing is, women are busy!
Not every woman has 20-30 minutes to style her long hair every morning. And let’s not talk about the lengthy washing and drying process!
When you look in the mirror, what do YOU want to see? What makes YOU feel pretty? What is best for YOUR lifestyle?
If you are ready for a hair change, who cares about dumb stereotypes!
Choose whatever style you want, watch a few online tutorials on how to style it, and rock it!
3.) A Woman’s Weight Shows How Healthy She Is
Example 1: You can be 115 lb. and be the unhealthiest person around!
Example 2: You can also be 160 lb. and be the healthiest you have ever been!
If you look back at pictures from WWII era, women looked normal! Celebrities had normal fat on their stomachs and larger thighs. The pictures of all-American woman showed NORMAL looking women who just had baby #3!
Then came the era of the super-skinny supermodel, the TV fitness programs, the Hollywood Bombshells, and good ol’ photoshop!
The message was loud and clear! “To be beautiful, you must be skinny.”
Although this dangerous message is being crushed out and there is a large movement of people who are encouraging women to be comfortable in their own skin, this stereotype is still hard to get away from!
Stop focusing on the scale and start focusing on YOU!
Stop buying celebrity magazines that talk about “2 weeks to bounce back after baby #5” and follow some online influences who talk about what it is like to be a REAL WOMAN.
Your goal should be health and wellness.
4.) Women Are Unnecessarily Emotional
Let’s discuss a key difference between men and women!
It’s called PMS – premenstrual syndrome.
Every month a woman goes through a period of time after ovulation and just before the start of the next period.
Her estrogen and progesterone levels fall DRAMATICALLY. These rapidly changing hormone levels can cause a large variety of symptoms (some women get it for worse than others).
Depression, fatigue, muscle aches, bloating, food cravings, moodiness, and headaches (to name a few).
Many male medical professionals have said that they cannot even imagine going through this major bodily change every single month!
And yet, women have to go through it for decades, and maintain a professional composure.
As a woman, don’t feel guilty if you need to “cry it out” or “get emotional” over something.
You aren’t being unnecessarily emotional. Your body is going through major changes all the time, something men will never experience or understand.
5.) Vocal Women are “Loud-mouths”; Vocal Men are “Leaders”
This cruel stereotype have suppressed women for centuries!
“Controlling”, “Big-mouth”, “Loud”, “Obnoxious”, “Mouthy”, “Out of place”, etc.
Women have been told that their voices were not necessary. And when they did have a brilliant idea, it was either stolen by a man or published under a man’s name.
Today, there is a push for raising women to be leaders and defying these dangerous stereotypes that have kept women in the dark-ages.
And yet, the average response to an impassioned speech by a woman and a man is still totally different!
“She is emotional. He is passionate.”
The only thing that can change this stereotype is YOU.
How will you raise your children? What influences do you allow into your home? What words come out of your mouth?
Not all women are leaders. Not all men are leaders. But they should both be raised to believe that they all have leadership potential – regardless of their sex!
6.) Every woman Wants To Get Married and Have A Baby
Many women do want this. But many woman do NOT want this.
Not every woman has the desire to have children.
Some choose to have rewarding careers and close-knit family/friend bonds.
And other women want to have a spouse, but do not have the deep desire to start a family.
Many women say that their decision to have children was a lifestyle choice. It didn’t come from a deep-rooted desire to have a baby.
Once they had the child, they couldn’t imagine their life without them. But they never thought they would feel this way.
And today, many women choose to have a child or adopt without a partner.
This stereotype doesn’t fit all women at all!
7.) Some industries Just Aren’t Meant For Women
Although you’d assume this stereotype is gone, it is still very prevalent!
The word “He” is used by both men and women when referring to surgeons, the tech industry, the term “CEO”, politics, engineers, the military, etc.
The word “She” is often used when referring to office assistants, nurses, flight attendants, cashiers, teachers, etc.
There is nothing wrong with men or women holding either of these jobs, but society often dictates whether someone will even WANT to pursue a career in a particular field.
“Well women usually don’t do that job!” “Isn’t’ that job kinda ‘masculine’ for you?”
Equal opportunity and equal encouragement should be taken seriously when it comes to raising the next generation!