Gen­der stereo­types cause a stir on­line

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

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.”

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