What opinions do you have about what it means to be a boy or a girl when you’re a ninth grader in Denmark?
A conversation between Oliver Enevoldsen, Carl Lonborg, Gustav Lunde, Viola Melamies, Waldemar Blichfeldt, William Kronborg, Rasmus Baun Bartran, Gustav Ravn Madsen, Hanna-Sofie Dahle and Sigrid Garder, 9th grade students from Maglegaards School in Denmark
From the moment we are born, people are divided into two groups depending on which gender you have. Girls are given pink clothes, bows and dolls while boys are given blue clothes, toy cars and plastic swords. This contributes to the reason why at a young age boys typically play with other boys and girls typically play with other girls. There are often appointed different properties and standards to each gender that defines what is “right” and “wrong”. This is how it goes throughout most of our lives: boy colours/girl colours, boy interests/girl interests, boy toys/girl toys – and so on. In reality there is nothing but an anatomical difference between boys and girls, and we shouldn’t allow ourselves to predetermine whether our children should become princesses or not, and if their opinions “fit” their respective gender.
This goes back to a very early categorization that has been tied up in a vicious circle. Unconsciously, through books and children’s movies, genders are portrayed in such a way where girls wear pink and boys wear blue. These categorizations put people in particular boxes where, if you choose to step out of your box, you are immediately seen as different or abnormal. For example if a girl wants to do something that a boy does it seems weird. Almost perceived as “wrong”. That “diversity” we are delegated does not only affect us during childhood, it is noticeable throughout all of our lives.
Equality between genders is a delicate and difficult thing and it’s no secret that men have a lot more advantages than women when it comes to jobs. On average men earn more than women in higher positions such as a CEO. That is not fair since people’s salary shouldn’t be based on your gender but on your work ethic and level of skill.