Five Stereotypes Women Still Hear (and Need to Stop Hearing!)

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Friday, Feb 17, 2017 11:15 AM

 

It’s a brave new world out there, ladies! All around the world, women are standing up to fight the stereotypes and stigmas attached to us before. Women are marching for their right to be heard, going out and having fun. It’s taken us a long time to open up and see who a woman can truly become—someone who isn’t stuck to a stereotype, who can go out and get what she wants without being judged. We can stay at home and take care of the family if we want, breastfeed in public without being sexualized or we can go out and dominate the workforce. We can dance any way we want, wear what we want. Let’s make Cyndi Lauper proud!

Stereotype #1: Short haircuts and bald heads are just for women who like other women!

 

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Photo from Bald Girls Do Lunch

Not true! We can name dozens of gorgeous women who choose to wear their hair short and shorn—wether it’s to show off high cheekbones (Audrey Hebpurn, anyone?) or to show off their natural hair like the gorgeous Lupita Nyong’o. Hair isn’t anything but dead skin cells attached to your head, why should the way you wear it indicate anything about your sexual preference? Pass. 

Stereotype #2: Women who don’t want babies are crazy. 

 

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Wrong again. Getting married or having children is a serious decision that can’t be chosen willy-nilly. In the US, almost half of the women between age 25 and 20 don’t have kids. It’s become a problem in some Asian countries, where more and more, women are staying in the workforce rather than staying home. Not to say that staying home with the kids is a bad thing, but the reality is that raising kids is no easy feat. With the escalating costs of raising children, double standards being imposed on women both at home and in the workplace, can you blame women for not being too giddy about reproducing, ASAP?

Stereotype #3: If a woman is angry or emotional, she’s probably on her period. 

 

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What’s your excuse? Just kidding. Contrary to popular belief, (thanks to half the plot lines of TV sitcoms), mood swings due to your period, or PMS may just be a myth. The University of Toronto found no obvious link between a woman’s negative mood swings and their menstrual cycles. Some experts also think that sometimes, we just use PMS as a way to try to sweep our emotions under the rug instead of trying to see what’s really wrong. The same goes for people who dismiss women's emotions offhand as a symptom of what's going on with our bodies during that time of the month. While cramps, fatigue and headache are all symptoms, a bad mood isn’t. So tell us again why we feel the way we do? Maybe we have a valid reason for our temper?

Stereotype #4: There aren’t any women in the STEM field, they’re not even interested in it. 

 

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It’s a funny notion to a Filipino kid like me who grew up knowing that Dr. Fe del Mundo, a woman, holds the credit for studies that led to the invention of the improved incubator. She was also the first woman doctor to be accepted into Harvard Medical School. More and more women are studying in the collective Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields, making up for as much as 59% of the graduates for masters degrees and 57.6% in bachelors degrees in the United States. Many complain that there are too many barriers to women who want to succeed in this field, despite data that show that they outperform men. 

Stereotype #5: Big girls can’t be beautiful. 

 

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Don’t even get me started on this one. Repeat this to yourself every day—beauty comes from inside. If there’s anything in this website we advocate, it’s that every woman is beautiful in her own way. She doesn’t have to be a particular shape or size, she is beautiful because of the way she carries herself, and lives confident in the fact that she’s beautiful. 

Next: Overcoming Self-Doubt and Pursuing Growth with Sofia Cope

 

What other stereotypes should be challenged? Let us know in the comments below. #LNUnboxMe

 

 

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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