Seven Million Shiny Boxes

I’ve always been interested in the concept of gender even before I knew it. I remember when I was a kid, noticing how men and women were treated differently – in movies, on the news, in commercials – and I noticed how girls and boys were treated differently in school, and even in my own family. When they separated the girls from the boys, I was in the girls’ line, but there were times I felt like I didn’t fit into the girl box, or wasn’t “girl” enough. Why not separate according to hair color, or interest in music? Seems like you’d get a more interesting “team” that way, and probably a more interesting “game.” I didn’t like the experience that, because I was a girl, a set of assumptions were placed on me regarding my talents, interests and behaviors. “Girls don’t do that.” It felt limiting.