Continuing with my feminist inspiration on a Monday morning, I thought I’d share this Filipino commercial (Labels against women) for Pantene shampoo. It shows some of the dichotomies that women face. We’re encouraged to be more ‘masculine’ to succeed in a man’s world but then are berated for that behaviour.
Common labels that we hear
A man who states his opinions firmly and strongly is labelled a ‘boss’ whereas a woman is simply ‘bossy’. Here are some more examples of this paradigm:
- Persuasive -> pushy
- Dedicated -> selfish
- Neat -> vain
- Smooth -> show-off
Children hear these messages from a very early age.
The key message
Whatever your feelings on this duality, the key message is applicable to everyone:
Don’t let labels hold you back.
Be strong and shine.