Week 1 - Women's Rights are Human Rights / Week 1 Readings: Universal Declaration of Human Rights and From Outrage to Courage Chapter 1
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Thoughts on Chapter 1 - choosing a role
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Posted: August 15, 2016 @ 10:11 AM
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Thoughts on Chapter 1 - choosing a role
 
For me the most important point in the first chapter was the role a boy or a girl is born into. The whole thing with sex preference just exists because we give roles with different archetypes to each gender. In some ways it's ok and natural that men and women have different functions and duties (there is a genetic difference) but in most concerns it should be possible to choose whether I want to take the female role which implicates emotional, enduring and "weak" behavior, or the male role which has to be strong, harsh and potent (oversimplified) or even mix it up! I have already written about my opinion on the role models especially for boys and how I think it affects the personalities of boys and their further behavior towards women. Children but especially boys should be taught that everyone has the right to choose his/her role - and change it however he/she wants to. And as I think role models are very important for this lesson we should support the representation e.g. of athletes who are couragous enough to show them weak or even gay. Statistically it's not possible that no football player in the champion's league is gay, but they are affraid to make it public. But exactly this would help others to follow suit.
I also think it's okay for me as a woman to take a classical female role in case I seek the classical male role in a partnership. Sometimes it's good to have someone to lean on - but this is true for both partners. Probably the best way to explain myself is an analog of sexual behavior: sadomasochism. This practice is okay as long as both parts have agreed to it and there is a defined limit. It's the same for playing our gender roles - as long as I'm fine with it it's acceptable, but it's my choice and my decision how far it goes.
Everything is about respect.


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