There is something about this Ted Talk that resonates with me as I write this…
I too believe that there is so much conditioning that is done on a gender basis and that we are so limited in our thinking as to the role of girl/boy male/female…that it is destroying so many lives of those who feel they don’t want to conform, fit in or subscribe to a certain boxed identity..
And it is NOT abut dreaming big and surpassing expectations. Happiness and success should be part of everyones’ lives, no matter who they are and where they come from.
I grew up in Ireland and back in the 80’s and 90’s there was still alot of closed mindedness about gender and its role in society… At least that was my experience.
Now in 2016, there is a notable difference in how parents are raising their children. Being open minded is almost (and I say almost) the norm. Tolerance of different cultures, languages, races and learning about the world is something that I think has come to positively affect educational systems across the world. Access to the internet is of course playing a huge role in this evolution.
I know there are ¨nay-sayers¨out there who curse the internet and see it as a society and social killing evil force determined to make us lose out interpersonal skills.. and I can see the danger here, albeit that I don’t think we can turn back the clocks..
One thing’s for sure, evolution is inevitable and we are bound, if not obliged, to roll with it, learn new things, adapt, change and hopefully not suffer too much with those changes..
So when teaching the Alexander Technique here in Mexico City, sometimes I am still surprised at the conversations I am having with women about their apparent roles in families and societies and that they struggle with this regularly as nowadays it is almost impossible for the average family to live on one income alone (much like in Ireland too).. So as a wife and a mother, one needs to also work a full time job and that balance is indeed a HUGE challenge.
SO when I watched this Ted Talk, it struck a chord in me as it speaks about educating both our young girls AND boys! To be BRAVE and to not continue to strive for this so-called and non-existent PERFECTION! Here! Here!
Watch it and let me know what you think… are we an open enough society for this to even be feasible?
PS: I’ve also included some quotes that I love from two women who I admire Maya Angelou and Gloria Steinem