Well, this question wasn’t raised by me.. Rather, from an elementary school girl, while learning her social studies text book..! Of course, the video went viral..!! Even though at first glance it may feel funny, there is something which needs our greater attention. For better understanding I can explain what left that little mind perplexed..!
‘Why in all text books they say ‘Man made’ not human made or people made..? Were the girls aren’t allowed to make structure like Eiffel Tower ..? (Girl continues) In history lesson they said that Abraham Lincoln once said “All Men are born to be equal” but why not women..??’
If a little girl could figure out this skewed ‘Patriarchal Notions’ which still exist in the curriculum then, Why can’t us..??
Recently, I was was giving some advice to my elder daughter so that she could be a good Role Model to her younger brother.. And her curious mind figured out the new term in my conversation and enquired me ‘What is this ‘Role Model’ all about’..? Well , like all of us, I too started to give her a generic answer like, A role model is a person who serves as a positive example to others so we can follow ‘HIS’ path….! Obviously, you can imagine what the next question she might have came up with.. ‘Mom I’m a girl then why did you use HIS..? Why, can’t you say ‘Her’.. or at least add HIS/HER’.. Well, guys I’m trapped.. And that’s not my fault, that’s how we were taught..!
I could recall my social studies classes and history classes where most of the general term for everything specific is for Men..! For example – police officer, postman etc. . More over, I remember, how the text books always featured men’s picture for business person or police officer.. and women in the kitchen with kids ..! And the saddest part is that, this practice still continues in many of our 21st century syllabus as well…! Look, how they’re knowingly or unknowingly programming the future of our younger minds..? And in some schools, where kids are made to clean their classrooms, they instruct boys to help with moving the benches, where girls are responsible for cleaning the floor..! Well, when will this kind of stereotyping will end..?
May be because of all these stereotyping, all the girls whom I have asked including myself preferred to be a BOY in their rebirth if it exists..! More over, a few boys said would like to be a Girl in their next life..!!
Yes, once there was a time when, only men were earning for the bread and women belonged to the kitchen.. Time passed, the modern era’s women figured out her potential..! She began to see herself as an Individual ..! And I believe its high time to our curriculum should be updated with respect to gender equality..! hmm.., I know it isn’t an easy task to completely wipe out the gender inequalities in one go . However, at least we could weaken this kind of ill thoughts and practices among the societies..! let the future be equal..!
I know , if you’re have read all my previous post, somewhere or everywhere you might have smelled the similar “equality” recipe.. and thinking why this topic is so important..? Because, this equality can ensure the safety of the women also by achieving it , a country could attain its economic stability.. In short, if you want earth a better place to dwell, then the first thing should be fixed is this. Do you remember one on our previous post on ‘Gender inequality an hindrance for human progress’..?? In that one I have explained more detailed on how this inequalities effects our overall growth (if you missed, here is the link –https://lafemina.home.blog/2020/10/04/violence-against-women-hindrance-for-equality-peace-and-development/ )
What is your opinion..? Do you recall similar instances on gender inequalities in curriculum..? If Yes , let’s hear it in the comment box below..
(The dancing girl – pallet knife experiment on canvas- Guy’s don’t think it is MAN MADE its self made.. LOL..! artist -Anu@lafemina) Just wanted to fill your heart with love and happiness as this dancing girl in this happening long weekend, where we celebrate Valentine’s day and Family day along with my Birthday…Yes, I’m a Valentines day gift for my Mom and Dad..!