Gender stereotypes cause a stir online
IN OUR Weekend magazine a couple of weeks ago, our Mum’s the Word columnist Sue Clohesy took aim at female and male stereotypes. Sue allows her son to paint his nails, and she pulled up another child for telling her son it was the wrong thing to do.
The column caused a number of reactions after publication in the Weekend magazine on April 29.
In our online comments section, Rai_o_Sunshine from East Toowoomba said it was “bad enough” that a child thought it was acceptable to suggest a difference (sexuality, ability etc) could be used as an insult.
“All I can say is good on you mum,” they wrote.
“I was a tomboy, wearing my brother's hand me down and I never had any gender confusion. I just loved climbing trees.
“Frankly I've found if you ban a child from doing something they are more likely to want to try it.
“I've no problem letting kids explore safely – and that's also safe from ignorant judgement.”
Rubyjean, of Cranley, also left her two bob’s worth in the online comments: “Just let little kids be kids. No need to comment at all.”
Nikki1980, of Cooloola, had a different opinion.
“Look I'm going to be honest here. All these helicopter mums trying to protect their kids from school yard politics and general tit for tat are setting their kids up for failure,” they wrote.
“Yes I agree ‘big’ bullying is a no go but kids learn how to be a part of society, how to stand their ground, learn how to say no and get some balls about them by ‘being kids’.
“If you protect your kid from all of this how will they ever learn to deal with a horrible team member in their first job or learn to stand up for themselves on a drunken night out or deal with a pushy boyfriend or girlfriend ... they won't.”