“Stereotypes of what a woman is supposed to be or act like are restrictive.”
Being a woman not only means to be nurturing and caring, but also being powerful. My older cousin has inspired me to be who I am as a woman.
She’s taught me to not let other people’s perceptions of me bring me down or define me. I grew up as a tomboy, I did whatever I wanted without any limitations.
Most of my cousins are male. I have a brother and I hung around my uncles a lot so I did everything with them.
My older female cousin and I grew up as tomboys, and we didn’t fit the gender stereotype of what being a ‘girl’ means. We weren’t ‘girly girls’.
I didn’t realize that until I went to middle school that there were certain things that girls were supposed to do and certain things that boys are supposed to do. When I was at school, the boys would always bother me and say that I’m supposed to play with dolls while they went to play with trucks. There were all these gender stereotypes, like I was supposed to wear pink, but I hate pink. Why would I wear pink? These stereotypes of what a girl or a woman is supposed to be or act like are restrictive.
I think it’s so important for women to support each other by creating solidarity so that we can uplift each other. Especially because in our society, men are definitely considered as dominant and women are ‘supposed’ to be subordinate. The power dynamics in our society won’t change unless women come together despite who they are or where they come from and stand together to make a change.