” Women are always more patient and can endure much more than men ” Many such statements do nothing but reinforce stereotypes.. I would often wonder why do we slot people on the basis of gender , community or religion and generalize a set of attributes. Why would we want to categorize them ?? We don’t like ambiguity. The human mind doesnt quite know how to react to the unknown and uncertain. We conveniently pigeohole people, this helps us predict what to expect from them ; stereotyping is often a convenient refuge. Stereotypes might be convenient but they are so well entrenched in our psyche and child rearing practices and they often pave the way for not so pleasant prejudices .. they colour our perception and cancel out all possibilities for us to look at alternative ways of thinking.. Most of us Indians ( there are quite a few exceptions) rear our daughters to be feminine, submissive , patient while it’s quite acceptable for the boys to be rowdy and boisterous. Most of us still see an aggressive woman as a misfit or unlike how a woman should be !!
Studies have shown : most societies where display of anger is an unacceptable among women have rising incidence of passive aggressive behaviour patterns which are extremely unhealthy and damage several interpersonal relationships . Why can’t we look beyond stereotypes and accept individuals for how they are instead of slotting them and judging them ??
Any thoughts ??