Hi guys, it's Lauryn! I know we are in 2016 but for some reason, many people are struggling to realise that and are stuck in the mindset of someone from the 1950s. That's right, I'm back today with another rant post about this god damn society... I got half way through writing this post and realised how much more I have to say so this is going to be part 1 and expect part 2 shortly!

Make up:

If I want to wear make up, I'm going to wear make up. Not once have I decided to wear make up to impress somebody because I just don't believe in that so therefore nothing annoys me more when I decide to go into sixth form with make up on sometimes and people are like "Oh, what are you doing after?" or "Are you seeing your boyfriend today?" NO. SIT DOWN. I don't have to be doing something to make myself feel good, I don't just wear make up when I'm seeing my boyfriend, I don't even need to wear make up when I see him. Please can we all destroy the idea of make up being something to impress other people?

"You're wearing too much make up" Oh I'm sorry, I forgot that you get to decide what I do to my own face... oh wait, you don't. This has always annoyed me because there is not a limit on how much make up you wear, just wear what makes you feel comfortable.

Moving on to in a school setting, when I was back at my old school(All girls grammar school, absolute hell), I was told many times that I'm not allowed to wear certain make up or I wasn't allowed to have my nails painted etc but why? See that's the thing, they could never come up with a valid reason as to why I couldn't have these certain things that made me feel comfortable and happy. Obviously, for food technology lessons and PE, nail polish is a no go but let's be honest, I didn't take part in those lessons anyway...

Clothes:

Does it really matter which clothes you wear as long as you feel happy and comfortable? Well, apparently yes, yes it does because society and institutions such as schools continue to create ridiculous rules and social norms based around clothing.
Firstly, let's talk about uniform within schools and general dress code. Luckily, I can wear what I want now as I go to sixth form but at my old school, I had to comply with a dress code. I agree with dress codes to an extent because I believe that it can stop bullying if people can not afford the latest trainers or handbag but uniform rules are just getting out of hand. For example, I was told countless times that my "skirt was too short" and it could "distract male teachers" EXCUSE ME? For a start, my skirt was of a decent length and even if it was a bit shorter, it's a pair of legs. Why should male teachers be bothered by that? Especially considering at this time, I was under the age of 16 and therefore still a child.

Also, there's still a very strong sense of certain clothes being only suitable for a certain gender in society and having to conform to these specific gender roles in order to "fit in". I think that this is especially prominent for the younger teenagers in society who truly believe that they have to dress in a way which makes them look like everyone else in their social group so that they do not look different. This is quite troubling, in my opinion, because it's almost as though they are becoming clones of one another and lacking individuality and the ability to strengthen and progress within their own personality.

As well as this, there's the "males can wear this but females can't", for example strappy shirts revealing shoulders. It is just not even thought of when males do this but God forbid a females shoulders are on show. This can apply to many items of clothing.

Jobs:

I feel like the equality within jobs is something that is slowly improving over time but by slow, I mean that it could move a lot quicker. What with there still being a distinct gap in the pay between men and women for the exact same job and there still being stereotypical jobs for both men and women, sometimes it really is quite infuriating but there has most definitely been improvements.

For this post, I'm mainly going to be focusing on these stereotypes such as women going into more nurturing career roles such as nursing or teaching whereas males are thought to be more likely to go into careers such as medicine aka things that require more brain power and intelligence. I must admit,  I think that people in this generation are pretty open minded for the most part which I am pretty happy about but I still find myself wanting to snap at that middle aged man on the bus every so often as it is evident that he supports the idea that women shouldn't be given the same opportunities as men.

Also, I think the thing that frustrates me most about jobs is trying to get one at my age(17 years old) because for most jobs, you need previous experience but you can't get experience if no one is willing to give you a job! As well as this, when you finally find a job you are paid less than people who are older than you but doing the exact same job due to the national minimum wage being higher, the older you get. I'm sorry but why should someone only a few years older than me get paid twice as much when we are doing exactly the same task? Why does the government believe that progression of age means progression of ability?

Childcare and domestic labour:

I believe that as time goes on, relationships between parents are becoming more symmetrical in the case of childcare and domestic labour. However, in some families, it is still considered the norm for the mother to be responsible for all of the childcare and cleaning the house as well as being the one to provide emotional security to the fellow family members. This is evidently putting a whole lot of pressure on women to fit into this stereotype and therefore decreasing their opportunities in life as they feel as though their main role is in the household.

So, that's the end of today's post! Remember to come back for part 2 of "This God damn society" and if you have any suggestions or just want to say hi, remember to contact me and as always, my contact information will be below! Thanks!

- Lauryn

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