Life in the 1950’s was very different to life as we know it now. Racism and sexism was rife and if you happened to be either of these things, then the 1950’s was probably the best era for you live in because the majority of your fellow peers probably thought the same way as you in terms of racist and sexist behaviour.
I mean what was the problem? You would go out to work and the little woman looked after the house and children. You could put down all the other races in the world and you were allowed to treat women as if they were your personal slaves, and of course if you had a son, my goodness, be a man! You certainly aren’t allowed to play with dolls or grow long hair! If you had a daughter she’d have to watch her mother and learn to behave like that.
Moving along to 2016 and I wonder how much has really changed.
I personally think racism is alive and kicking and it has to be inherited teaching from parents, although not all parents thankfully.
Here is an example from my own family. My mother has many hospital visits and everytime I take her she always says the same thing, “I can’t understand these foreign doctors.” My goodness mother! They are British! Most, if not all are born and bred in the UK!
One of the interesting comments I hear a lot is about the recent terrorist attacks. People saying it’s the Muslims. No it’s not! It’s terrorists using the cover of the Muslim faith to justify their actions. I would imagine that most Muslims are law abiding citizens no matter what country they live in.
This particular generation is still trying to influence future generations and madly they’re succeeding in some cases so we have to wait another generation for this to be removed.
Sexism hasn’t gone away either. In the the workplace women still earn less than men. Where is the equality in that?
There are plenty of men out there who see women as second class citizens. Some men have been wrongly educated by their parents that women still belong in the kitchen looking after the home. How wrong could they be? Many women today are strong, successful and deserve the success they achieve. Men who cricstise this are usually threatened because of their own failings as human beings.
Women deserve to recognised as equal to men in every way and it’s laughable to me that some men just don’t see it.
Finally gender. It really is something that people, shops and everybody else cannot get their heads around.
How far have we moved on or have we taken one step forward and two steps backwards?
Growing up I remember looking at my sisters dolls and thinking yes, I could make a game up using those, but god no never! It’s simply not allowed! I have heard mothers say to their sons not to play with those, those are your sisters dolls that’s now, today! Not 50 years ago, today! People are still concerned about gender stereotyping. Children should be allowed to be exactly who they are. Whatever their likes or dislikes and society can help in changing this.
The three subjects I have approached will most likely take forever to be removed. We after all live in a cosmopolitan society and have always struggled to understand why people of all types and races etc cannot accept each other. It’s a sad world we live in at times, but we must always strive for change.
Finally I have always taught my older children to always respect all people of every race and religion. Also every person’s choice of life, whether it be their sexuality or gender, and I will continue to teach my four year old twins the same. Consequently I feel the world would be a happier place to live in should we teach future generations and maybe just maybe we will eradicate all this prejudice.
Would love to hear your thoughts.