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Afshan Iqbal
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It’s the 21st century still, we see people being told to do things as per society’s wishes. Gender stereotypes are the reason for it. Gender stereotypes are present in every household we might name it as something else but it is there and we are ignoring it. It is present among us in so many ways like the concept that a man is supposed to work outside and be a breadwinner for the family while a woman should work inside and take care of the household. In a household when a boy grows up, he is expected to take an interest only in sports or careers like engineering, piloting, finance, etc. In the mindset of society, God has made males for these solid tasks. However, when a girl is born, the first toys she gets is either a doll or a kitchen set, she is likely to only focus on learning how to cook or clean which sets a base that when she grows up all she has to do is work in the kitchen, take care of her family and do household chores. Even if a girl is allowed to work outside it is limited to certain parameters. She is considered “too emotional and sensitive” for hard work. This nature of our society has confined our capabilities. Why does a person have to kill their passion because of these gender stereotypes? We often hear statements like “you’re a woman, so sit straight, talk politely, dress properly, don’t put your perspectives because nobody is going to listen to it” and whatnot! Women are considered either “too young or too old” for most things, for instance, a marriage where a man can decide whenever he wants to get married and nobody will judge him but when a woman decides to marry late, she gets a label. When it comes to the workplace, sometimes there are traces of women falling prey to misogyny. When men witness women doing better than them, they hardly accept a woman’s leadership and as a result, she is required to work in a tactful environment where her opinions do not matter as much. She is required to be shy and quiet. People at the workplace expect women to be less intimidating, to not participate in decision making and thus when a woman is dominating or she takes good decisions and is applauded. The misogynist people could not digest this. They show hatred towards women and tries to put women down. Women are equal to men and that is the fact that every gender on this planet should keep in their mind and instead of misogyny, they should show compassion.