Gender equality is learned from home on the grass

Have you ever been surprised to tell your children to be careful what you learn, otherwise you will end up on the broom, maid “or if you don’t get your hands on the book, do you end up pulling the washer or picking up trash after others?” and many others in a similar register?

Have you ever wondered if the messages we send to our children as education are actually discriminatory against others? That our value judgments can be devalued to others?

We are one of the few cultures that educates their children, from an early age, in contempt of other professional categories, which are unjustly considered inferior. It’s a reflexive automatism that I’ve become aware of in contact with other cultures that don’t have these subliminal messages or at least have policies that invite you to be more careful about how you label people, throwing in inappropriate words.

The same goes for gender inequities – we grow up with all kinds of labels – this is a woman’s job “, this is a boy’s game, not a girl’s”, this is a man’s job “, words that mark us and which our subconscious stores in a safe place, where you can hardly get them out of the way. Gender equality, respect for others are learned from home, from the grass. We can have many policies that regulate this concept, but if they are not internalized ”from an early age, when the child absorbs everything like a sponge, it will be much harder for him to wake up as an adult.

So, parents, educators, be careful what seemingly innocent messages you send to your children, your students. They are the basis on which we build genuine respect and non-discriminatory practices.

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