Friday, as I walked around the room helping clean up from a project, I overheard Rebecca say, “Michael likes pink!”
She said the word ‘pink’ like it was some horrible disease… something so awful it almost shouldn’t be uttered. It seems each year there are children, for whatever reason, that haven’t had the gender stereotypes perpetuated by society smashed. Add one more hat to my ever expanding collection… Gender Stereotype Smasher.
“Michael likes pink? So do I!” I said loud enough for not only the entire class, but probably the one next door too.
“You do?” Rebecca whispered.
How could it be?
“Of course I do. Pink is a wonderful color… you do know colors aren’t only for girls or boys, don’t you?” I asked her.
She looked confused.
“Michael, why do you like pink?” I asked him.
“I just do, it’s a cool color,” he replied.
“Exactly, same here. Boys can like pink… and play at the dollhouse… and wear whatever they like in dress up…” I started.
“And girls can like blue and play at construction or with blocks and Lego’s,” finished Darlene. She had wondered over and wanted in on the stereotype smashing.
With Darlene and my quick and clear clarification, the conversation was over. We’ll definitely be talking about this more as a class very soon. Michael had a huge grin on his face and I felt a little better knowing I’d rid the world of a tiny injustice.
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