- 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!