“Gender has always been considered a fact, immutable. We now know, it’s actually more fluid, complex, and mysterious.” –Geena Rocero
How much of who you've been taught to be has been defined by gender?
From the time we are born, we are assigned a gender. We are either a "girl" or a "boy".
Often times, we are gendered BEFORE we are born. We want to know the answer to our burning question, "will it be a girl or a boy?"
From this label, we receive all kinds of different messages about who to be and how to be depending on our gender.
We receive these messages from society, family, school, and the media.
We internalize beliefs about what it means to be a "woman" and a "man" and we carry these beliefs with us into adulthood. They affect how we think of ourselves, how we treat ourselves, and how we think of and treat others.
Gender conditioning affects every area of our life. It influences how we show up in the world and who we show up as.
Society has taught us that gender is our personhood. That who we are at our core is either a “woman” or a “man.”
We want to be loved for who we are. We want to belong. We want to be accepted.
So, we cling to these ideas of what a "woman" is and what a "man" is and what roles we feel we need to perform in order to be accepted and belong in society.
What I know is that you are so much more than the gender that has been placed upon you at birth.
Becoming more aware of how gender impacts your everyday experience and freeing yourself from societal gender expectations can enhance your life and relationships.
The deeper your awareness of gender socialization, the closer you are to embracing all of who you are and living your full potential.
By embodying the change you need and want for yourself, for your own freedom, you will be able to enact that change in society.