I just heard a podcast encouraging parents to avoid limiting little girls to pink clothes and fantasies about becoming a princess.
Of course, we can then avoid limiting women to being slender, men to being tall and/or strong, women to being beautiful, men to being handsome, men to being the family provider, women to being the nurturer. We can embrace and extoll every possible trait, and endorse reversals of traditional roles.
Suppose that we succeed in broadening the roles that girls accept as being feminine. And we broaden the roles that boys accept as being manly.
What are we left with? Just being people? That does not sound like a bad thing, but it could effectively eliminate the terms "masculine" and "feminine" from our vocabulary. What would it mean to be called "feminine" if there were no limits on being a girl? What would romance novels look like when there are no clearly defined societal goals/norms? Are we all comfortable in a world where anything goes? Is there any reasonable alternative?
We will meet in the Vista room, on the right at the top of the stairs. Our next meeting will be June 8th.