“You can’t do that because you are a girl”. “Your brother can go but you can’t because it isn’t safe for girls” “ you look like a slut in that short dress” “short hair makes you unfeminine” “ you are showing too much”
There are so many other examples I was taught/told while growing up as a Gen X. Not only was my self esteem and perception of self worth severely impacted, my perception of other women was skewed; Women were not supposed to dress sexy, be bossy, be loud, play sports, swear, chew gum, wear a lot of make up etc.
What I, many of my peers, and older generations, grew up learning is Misogynistic Indoctrination.
Let’s break it down. From Google definitions: Misogynistic: strongly prejudiced against women. Indoctrination: the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.
In the time of cancel culture, I want us to cancel misogynistic indoctrination. I will do it by continuing to detox from my indoctrination. I will do it by continuing to find the facets of my voice.
How will you cancel misogynistic indoctrination? Share with me in the comments section.