Blue is for boys.
Pink is for girls.
Boys play sports and are into science.
Girls wear make-up and are into the humanities.
So it is written. So shall it be. At least that’s what things would be like if society’s Gender Police had their way. From early childhood, kids are taught that there are certain activities that are the exclusive domain of boys and girls. Moreover, there will be hell to pay (in the form of peer or parental disapproval, mockery, taunting, bullying, and in some cases acts of violence) when boys and girls stray outside their prescribed gender roles. NO! Girls may NOT be scientists or be athletic. NO! Boys may not wear make-up or dance.
A Dallas area teen has decided to challenge those socially prescribed gender roles. 15 year old singer/songwriter Ben J. Pierce (aka Benny) created the video ‘Little Game‘ and posted it on YouTube. The video makes use of the colors pink and blue to represent rigid gender roles and shows how stifled and frustrated many kids are due to being confined to activities that are designated for their gender. I love that someone this young has a good grasp on how our society treats people based on their actual or perceived gender. Here’s hoping this video gets shared far and wide.