Are you a real girl?

As a mother of a Generation Alpha girl-child, I’m still not sure we’re sending our daughters the right message about gender identity.

In the 20th century (aka Boomer Era), gender dogma logic went something like this:

If you are a girl, then you must like pink and play with Barbie.

Just a bit sexist.

Today, in the post-millennium woke era, the prevailing gender dogma has evolved to become something like the following:

If you like pink and play with Barbie, then you are a girl.

(See here for more, image from the Mermaids gender programme for kids in British schools.)

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At first blush, the new gender logic is much more inclusive, in that it includes feminine boys, trans and gender-dysmorphic children. Progress.

However, on closer examination, the new logical framework draws the same dubious conclusion as the first:

The underlying subtext between both the new and the old gender dogmas imply that if you don’t like pink and play with Barbie then you are not a real girl.

“Real” women are not synonymous with Barbie, pink, or any other random attribute. It’s time we stopped teaching our kids these old-fashioned stereotypes altogether.

Let’s move on from the “If you [insert stereotype here], then you are a [insert gender pronoun here]” logic. The future is (or should be anyway) a lot more colourful than that.

 

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