“Judge me not, by my gender!”
“Judge me not, by my smile!”
In response to Shweta’s Six Word Story . Prompt word is judge. Thanks for hosting this Shweta
I couldn’t decide which one to keep, so posted two takes.
At any time of the day and most of the days, I have a smile on my face. I am non-threatening and very approachable by nature. Be it for selection of a school captain, be it to drive a volunteer meet, be it to lead my team in the company I worked for, the first response was “is she strong enough to do it?” “is she tough?” “can she carry it off?” But I feel so happy I was given that chance and I have proved myself in all three situations. A smile on the face, doesn’t imply that the person is naive and can not handle hurdles or criticism. It doesn’t mean that the person can’t handle stress and she can’t be verbally strong or blunt if need be. Even now as a mother, people ask “Do you ever scold your kids? Do you know how to scold?” My elder one is quick to give her opinion 😅
I have mixed views regarding gender stereotypes. I do not completely agree that a woman can do everything a man can! A woman is designed very different to a man and each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Generally men have more stamina, for example. But I somehow do not agree on the way society thinks that women are mentally n physically weak. It’s not gender based, and many men too are mentally and physically weak. It’s more dependent on individual. I spent my growing up years in an area quite famous for “gundas” and “gully boys” etc. My relatives would ask my mom, to tell me to not return home late. I should reach home before it gets dark. My mom taught me, how to carry myself with confidence and how to not get affected if a gang of guys passed any cheap comments. She taught me to carry a pepper spray in the pocket and how to sense danger. And how to be strong and face a problem. Never did she say, “come home early, for your own safety”. This is just an example of my vast ocean of thoughts on gender-bias.
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