This is a comment by Ric E on the post “Our words influence the way we look at the world. For example: calling pink a ‘girly’ color.”
“I recently went shopping at one of the big box stores and decided to browse the fishing equipment aisle looking for sales. With my wife by my side I turned around and spotted a rather nice looking, well-made, pink fishing rod. My reaction was ‘Isn’t that great. This should make more girls amenable to fishing.’
“My wife’s reaction was a resounding “Bullshit!” And she walked out of the store obviously upset and angry. How could this be? I felt confident that this was a good thing and that it would promote fishing among the young girls. Her response to me was why would a little girl need a pink fishing rod to like fishing? Haven’t we forced enough differences on our girls? Isn’t this just a separate but equal problem? We don’t have light blue fishing rods for boys to increase their interest.
“It took a while but I finally saw her point. As long as we put our children into these categories will they ever achieve equality? And doesn’t this apply to other categorization as well? Why do we insist on labeling our girls with pink frilly things? Doesn’t this lead to a world where they are treated as pink frilly things instead of equal members of society?
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