And definitely not the only answer for a life of happiness and fulfilment.
Current conversations with both, young men and women, who have brought up how pressured they feel on becoming parents, have made question the real benefit of just repeating cultural patterns, as circumcisions and holy communions, in my case.
During these chats, we’ve also talked about reading stories of parents lacking a bond with their children, as many, seem to have missed such gene. While in my years as a junior kindergarten teacher as a university lecturer, I could bear witness of such truth.
Societal expectations for both, women and men, remain rooted firmly in the traditional.
Being happily linked to some extend to my Mexican family’s culture, yet, I don’t necessarily follow the heavily romanticized idea of parenthood. While my Mexican life has never been simple, sharing opinions on how normalised the idea that men remain the resolvers of a woman’s life, complicates the whole enchilada even more. This rationale is a threat to any society.
Gender stereotypes hold us back, let alone women in society. My research shows that gender stereotypes cause more women than men to question their own abilities and deteriorates their mental health. The universal respect for our cultures and personal choices is the biggest benefit that can be brought from the idea of cultural relativism. The belief that only one culture as one person knows what is proper and correct, and that is the only way it is, discriminates and excludes against people who believe differently.
So, in short, this visual represents my stand on gender stereotypes, one, in continuous development.
Photo by Niek T. Klasen