“Aren 't we all pretty much equal now?”, for a long time I believed this to be true, much like many non-feminist activist. However, as I took on the role of being a big sister, this viewpoint changed. Once I became increasingly more involved in their activists, I witnessed many gender inequalities even within young children 's lives. By becoming aware of these societal inequalities I was able to adopt a feminist approach to issues. I began to become more involved in the inequalities that society places upon children and the gender stereotypes that they were becoming susceptible to. Most significantly, within the realm of sports and the sexualisation of toys. Overall, this feminist outlook allowed me to provide my brothers with a more nurturing relationship and work to prevent them from the harms that societal inequalities cause.
The first place that I started to witness inequality is within sports. Although, I am not an athletic individual when I became an older sister to two young boys my involvement in sports changed drastically. I started to attend their hockey, baseball and soccer games, sports became the primary conversation at the dinner table and sports television quickly became the main source of entertainment in my household. What started as a great activity to bring our family together, as I grew older it quickly started to make me want to distant myself from the athletic scene. The start of this distancing was due to a conversation that I witnessed my father and oldest brother having,
Dad: What sport would you like to be a part of this year, Brogan?
Brother: I don’t know.
Dad: Well, you could join hockey, soccer, lacrosse, or baseball.
Immediately following hea...
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...t could derive from it. Pretending to take care of a baby should in no way be stereotyped as being a female thing to do. Nurturing is a trait that good fathers and husbands possess. Therefore, furthering the positive impact that feminism has played in my ability to counsel my brothers towards disengaging from societal sex division. In addition to helping to prevent the negative influence that my father was playing with these stereotypes.
The question that I asked at the start of this reflection, “Aren 't we are pretty much equal now?” must seem more complicated. Individuals who are not informed of how much still needs to be achieved in order for our society to be equal, view this question will little annoyance and disbelief. Often this is the approach that many children grow up learning due to the influence that their unenlightened parents play on their upbringing.
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