Stop gender stereotypingA man and a woman, both in their 80’s, have been admitted to an assisted living facility.

  • Which one likes opera?
  • Which one likes sports?
  • Which one sews?
  • Which one works on cars?

Let’s face it. We tend to stereotype activities by gender.  That’s just wrong!

The gentleman who sits behind me in church is a tailor. Does he like opera or sports? I have no idea. That hasn’t been part of our conversations. He does play a mean accordion.

My dad is a big opera fan. His sports watching is limited to major events though I bet he is not watching all that intently.

My baby brother loves watching auto races. He enjoys working on cars.

All these men have individualized preferences. I could just as easily highlighted women I’ve met along the way who have varied preferred activities.

I think our surveyors and our corporate programming people have it wrong. We don’t need gender based programs. We need programs that appeal to the people we serve.

Many men enjoy a manicure or a pedicure. Do they get into colorful polish? The ones I know don’t but I’d bet some men do. And, there are women (like me) who aren’t that into colorful nails.

Gender does not influence our preferences. So, stop stereotyping!

Do you agree? Let me know in the comments below.

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