Originally Posted by Creationist Cat
Your link does not open YouTube, it tries to download things to my computer.
OK that is really weird, when I posted this on my phone it was an embedded youtube video not a link wtf...
edit: I guess we can't embed videos that way anymore? What is happening to this forum it's falling to pieces...
I can agree with it a lot of the way, but girls are generally allowed to be "cool", "sporty", into "action" and generally boyish far more than boys are allowed to be girly, so I think the video paints a too bleak picture of what girls are told to be in society.
Whatever kids are like is obviously fine and should be fine (as long as they're not harming others). It might be harder to find friends that share your interests if you're say a guy that's into playing with barbie, but you shouldn't be ridiculed for it.
However, just as wrong as those saying boys and girls have to act according to gender stereotypes are those that say being a boy is itself an oppressive act and that maleness and gender differences must be eliminated. People need to stop politicising gender in either direction.
I didn't post the video to endorse it in it's entirety, I think a lot of conclusions people come to are kind of simplistic as well (like it's not mentioned but the reason the girl's computer has less functions is because they think they will sell less so the answer is to ignore the girl one, but that can be difficult when people gravitate towards stuff that is targeted at them especially at a young age, hell you can't get adult women to stop buying expensive overpriced deodorant even though the male ones are better and cost less,) but I meant the clothing part of the video specifically.
Also I see the rigid expectations on both sides as a problem, and they are definitely more rigid for boys yes, but since we were talking about clothing that came to mind.
I definitely think we are doing something wrong though because like I say personality differences are more pronounced in developed countries, we have these polarised messages being forced at people from a young age, you have this small percentage of males that do well and then increasing numbers who just give up on life because they can't compete with the insane subgroup, and even though girls everywhere have lower self esteem than boys, it's significantly worse in developed countries.
In Western countries when people get rich, they get dimorphic (I don't think this applies globally in every area because look at East Asia physical and style trends + we're weird.
) You see this in studies which show greater preferences for physical dimorphism in very urbanised Western areas (with high concentrations of super rich people,) you also see this with height:
I think it has a really big impact on sexual competition actually, of course also economic competition (but that's moreso because we're increasingly automating away jobs,) where most people can't compete.