Talking about gender and roles this week in class got me thinking about my own role as a girl in society. Growing up, I wasn't the typical girl. I didn't like to play with dolls or Barbie's. I didn't like to play "dress up" or wear bows in my hair. Instead I liked to play sports. I liked swords, guns, Ninja Turtles, Legos and GI Joe's. My best friend was a boy. I still played with girls, but I had less in common with them as far as interests go. When it comes to the portrayal of girls in the media, I was not acting according to my gender role.
I was labeled as a "tom boy," which I really hated. I didn't understand why I would be considered a "tom boy" just because I liked playing sports and playing with Lego's. The only reason I was called this is because I wasn't doing "girly" things. At the time, I didn't know what I was doing was out of the ordinary, according to society. All I knew was that I liked certain things more than others.
Today, I have broken out of the "tom boy" label and would be considered an "ordinary" girl. But that doesn't mean that I still don't love sports. Gender roles are stupid, enough with this "Tough Guise" crap. I think if a guy wants to wear pink, he should wear pink. And if I want to play swords, then I'll freakin' play swords.