It is a universal fact that as humans we have a 50/50 chance of becoming male or female before we are born- a gender we can now choose to change if we are born in the wrong bodies. `Based on this fact, why are we still as a nation experiencing forms of sexism, sometimes subtly woven into parts of the media or our daily routines, other times blatant or even violent. For example, why do schools segregate males from females when it comes to sports such as rugby or hockey? One may argue that the different genders are built differently or it would be awkward for a male to tackle a female or vice versa. But, in this case, where do gay, lesbian or bisexuals stand? Would it not be awkward for them? As for the different builds of people, we can say that everyone has a different build and surely that means we are stereotyping the differences between males and females. It is unfair to deny someone the right to play whatever sport they like just because of their gender.
I was very fortunate that a month or so ago sir Ian Mckellan came to our school to give a talk on his sexuality. But at one point he mentioned that when it comes to discriminating against homosexual people, we should celebrate out differences, not put ourselves down for being individual. This is the same for gender- we should be proud of ourselves instead of trying to conform to whatever strange ideal some people are searching for.
You may think sexism has died down in recent years but I am not so sure- we hear of unequal payment in the work industry between males and females and of sexist comments scrutinized in the media but it never seemed to directly affect me until a few weeks back. I was supposed to go down to our local village only a few minutes away to pick my friend up so we could walk back to my house. But my mother refused to let me go- apparently to walk a few hundred yards would lead me to be harassed, abused or worse simply because of my gender. Aside from preventing me from seeing my friend, I was actually shocked in response to this. It was the first time I have ever felt ashamed of my gender for something out of my own control. Why was it that a single Y chromosome could change your daily life so much?
My answer to sexism is this- we need to change ourselves to change society. If we take a second to remind ourselves how incredibly complex and extraordinary we are then we can remove our own insecurities and make others happier, starting a chain reaction. It is something that I think will give us happier lives if we all embrace equality and enjoy being who we are.
I know that this is a controversial topic but please do not leave any hateful comments- I would much appreciate your support on the matter.