#VogueEmpower: Boys don’t cry
“Stop crying like a girl.” How many times have you heard this? Or how many times have you used the same to someone else? Remember the last time someone said this to you? #VogueEmpower has come up with a video to give us a glance on the things we do unknowingly as we are influenced by the majority of this society.
“Don’t cry like a girl” When parents say this to stop their crying child, don’t you this is gender-biasing. We understand this sentence alone isn’t the reason why this country’s major issue still remains gender discrimination. But don’t you think in the urge of asking their kid to stop crying they are indirectly teaching him that crying is a girls thing. Doesn’t cry emotionally distresses a person? Not just the girls but every human being.
Oh. Just remembered another famous sentence “Behave like a girl.” There are a few more “learn to walk like a girl”, “Be a man”, “boys don’t wear pink”. Do you remember this one, “Mard ko dard nahi hota?” 😀 I am yet to understand what they are trying to convey. Does that mean, boys don’t get hurt? Really? The film industry has made huge influence on people, telling what’s a men thing and a women’. It’s good to see people from the same industry taking social responsibilities to fight gender discrimination.
If you pay a little attention, the video has much more to say than just ” It’s time we teach them not to make girls cry.” The more you tend to abide by the rules which you are asked to abide by, the more you tend to find alternate ways to express your emotions. Could you see the anger or pain in the man’s eyes? How would he release his frustrating emotions if he is not allowed to cry? Wouldn’t he take an alternate action for it? Wouldn’t he use violence?
How can you differenciate an emotion as a boy or a girl thing? Do you really feel ‘Crying is a girl thing?’