alycewilson (alycewilson) wrote,

LJI Exhibit A (SCI) Topic 6: An Open Letter on Gender Roles

This is my entry this week for the Exhibit A competition of therealljidol. Currently, I am in the Second Chance Idol, which means I was eliminated from the main competition but still have a chance to get back in the game. I invite you to read and vote for my fellow SCI competitors. This week's topic is "Can't Get There from Here."

Boys and girls, you can be anything. And by anything, I mean that boys, you don't have to be superheroes; girls, you don't have to be princesses. In fact, there will be boys who'd rather be princesses and girls who'd rather be superheroes. There will be boys who want to be ballet dancers and girls who want to be astronauts. Some girls are more athletic, and some boys are more artistic, and that's wonderful. Be yourself.

But some people still have outdated ideas about what boys and girls can do, and they might tell you that you can't pursue the career you want. So if anybody tells you that you can't have the career you imagine, here's what you can tell them.


If anyone tells you that you can't:

* Be successful in science, tell them about Marie Curie, Barbara McClintock and Jane Goodall.

* Be powerful in politics, tell them about Aung San Suu Kyi, Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel.

* Be strong in sports, tell them about Martina Navratilova, Annika Sorenstam and Danica Patrick.

* Be big in business, tell them about Ursula Burns, Indra Nooyi and Sheryl Sandberg.


If anyone tells you that you can't:

* Be dashing in dance, tell them about Mikhail Baryshnikov, Savion Glover and Fred Astaire.

* Be competent in cooking, tell them about Ming Tsai, Jacques Pepin and Wolfgang Puck.

* Be fantastic in fashion, tell them about Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Calvin Klein.

* Be proficient in poetry, tell them about Yusef Komunyakaa, Philip Levine and Billy Collins.

Boys, it's OK to wear pink. And play with dolls. Just ask Gordon from "Sesame Street."

Girls, it's OK to not care about being pretty. Just ask Ani DiFranco.

For the lyrics, go to this video's YouTube page.

Boys, having long hair doesn't make you less masculine. Ask a growing number of NFL football players.

Girls, having short hair doesn't make you less feminine. Ask dozens of Hollywood actresses.

The long and the short of it is this: love yourself. Be yourself. Whoever you are. And if anyone ever tells you not to be yourself, remember this list. Think about all the "firsts" that we still haven't accomplished as a society. Remember to keep marching forward. You'll get there. Some day, we'll all get there.

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