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10 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be Different. by anumide(f): 7:47pm On Jul 14, 2016
1. Now: Pink For Girls, Blue For Boys Then: Pink For Boys, Blue For Girls

Today, pink is often associated with all that is
delicate, romantic, and feminine. However, an
article from a 1918 magazine declared that pink
was for boys and blue was for girls. The main
reason behind this was that pink, which is
derived from red, is a stronger, war-like color
and thus more suitable for a boy. Blue was
considered more delicate and dainty, and thus
more fitting for a girl.
Nonetheless, these color recommendations were
not written in stone, and different department
stores recommended different colors for boys
and girls. Some, like Maison Blanche, said that
pink was more fitting for a boy and blue for a
girl. Others like Macy’s declared the opposite.
It wasn’t until after World War II that the color
pink started to become associated exclusively
with girls. The real shift, however, occurred in
the 1980s—partly because mothers who grew
up wearing gender neutral colors wanted to
adorn their daughters in lace and pink and
partly because it became more common to find
out the sex of unborn babies.

2. Now: Dresses Are For Girls, Then: Dresses Were For girls And Boys.

If you look at photographs of children from the
19th century, you might not be able to tell if
you are looking at a boy or a girl. That’s
because from around the mid-16th century right
up until the early 20th century, little boys wore
Before 1550, people of all ages wore tunics or
gowns of some sort. Young children, regardless
of sex, were also associated with and cared by
their mothers and thus it may have been
appropriate for all young children to wear
skirts. Other factors, such as lack of toilet
training, the ease of expanding a skirt
compared to pants (clothing was quite
expensive back then), and the desire for
children to remain innocent or sexless for as
long as possible , could also explain why
dresses for boys were common. Nonetheless,
adults could easily distinguish boys from girls
because boys’ dresses were more tailored and
they tended to be made from plainer and
stronger fabrics.
When boys reached a certain age, usually by
eight, they were “breeched” or dressed in pants
for the very first time. Breeching was often a
formal ceremony marking the boy’s ascent into
boyhood, and parents who were better-off often
gave their sons a child-sized sword or a toy
weapon of some kind.
Eventually, new fabrics and detergents were
introduced, which meant trousers were easier to
wash and iron. After the 1920s, it became more
common for boys to wear pants.

3. Now: Cheerleading Is Almost Exclusively A Women’s Sport Then: Cheerleading Was A ‘manly’ Sport

When cheerleading originated back in the
mid-19th century, it was seen as an all-male
sport, which included gymnastics, stunts, and
crowd leadership. Being a cheerleader was
similar to being a quarterback, and it was
considered one of the most important things
that a young man could take away from
college. Eisenhower, Roosevelt, and Reagan
were cheerleaders, as was Jimmy Stewart.
Women cheerleaders were unheard of.
However, when men were deployed to fight in
World War I, women happily filled the vacant
spots in the previously masculine cheerleading
squads. The returned men were less than
enthusiastic with this development—they
thought that cheerleading was far too
masculine for women and made a serious effort
to try and push them out. Some schools went
as far as banning female cheerleaders
Nonetheless, World War II soon followed, and
men were once again called to fight. Women
took this opportunity to further dominate the
sport, leading to its trivialization. Eventually, the
profile of an ideal cheerleader changed from a
strong athlete with leadership skills to someone
with a cheerful disposition and good manners.

4. Now: Knitting Is For
Grannies (Or At Least Women) Then: Knitting Guilds We're Exclusively Male

During the Middle Ages, knitting became
extremely popular, and knitting guilds were
established to protect trade secrets, improve
the quality of the profession, and boost
business. Most interestingly, these guilds were
exclusively male. Young men who desired to
become master knitters were expected to
devote six years of their life to training. These
high standards meant that knitting was
considered a form of art and members of
knitting guilds could count on being revered and
This did not last long, however. In 1589, the
first knitting machine was invented by
Englishman William Lee. Not long after came
the Industrial Revolution and more
sophisticated knitting machines were
developed. This resulted in a decline in hand-
knitting, and the once serious trade became a
parlor hobby for women.

5. Now: Hot Chocolate Is A Drink For Kids And Women Then: It Was The Drink Of Choice For Warriors

The Aztec emperor Montezuma II limited the
consumption of hot chocolate to warriors,
merchants, and nobles who were willing to
fight. Both blood and chocolate were thought of
as sacred liquids, and thus hot chocolate was
served at the initiation ceremony of new Eagle
and Jaguar knights who had to endure a
penance process before being allowed to join
the elite Aztec army.
In Spain, hot chocolate was drunk at bullfights,
and in England, chocolate houses were often
associated with one of the Parliamentary
parties and as a consequence often turned into
full-on gentlemen clubs. The Cocoa-tree
Chocolate House for example, was frequented
by the Tory party.
Hot chocolate was also a drink of choice for
explorers and adventurers due to its ability to
provide warmth, nutrients, and energy. The
explorer Robert Falcon Scott made his men
drink hot cocoa five nights a week—mornings
and evenings—during their unsuccessful attempt
to be the first men to reach the South Pole.
During the Revolutionary War, World War I, and
World War II, hot chocolate was distributed to
soldiers to help them recover and boost their
morale .

6. Now: Men Don’t Cry
Then: Weeping Men Were
Neither Feminized Nor

In Homer’s Iliad, the Greek army repeatedly
burst into tears, and Zeus, the god of sky and
thunder, wept tears of blood. King Arthur cried
often, such as when he had to go to war with
his good friend Sir Lancelot. In medieval
romances, knights cried because they missed
their ladies and because they didn’t get to go to
Tears were abundant in real life too—one
ambassador was so moved to be addressing
Philip the Good (the Duke of Burgundy) that he
kept bursting into tears while the audience at a
peace congress sobbed as they listened to the
speeches. During the Middle Ages, tears were
proof of your guilt and a sign that you deserved
forgiveness, so men actually forced themselves
to cry in public to impress their peers.
No one knows how or when public male crying
disappeared. Some say it was the result of
urbanization, which meant that increasing
numbers of men ended up living among
complete strangers.

7. Now: Computer
Programmers Are Nerdy
Young Men
Then: Earliest Programmers Were

In the early 1940s, the world’s first computer
programmers were hired. The University of
Pennsylvania employed six women to work on
its ENIAC machine, one of the world’s first
electronic computers. At the time, programming
was thought of as a low-skill clerical function.
Hardware development, on the other hand, was
dominated by men.
When personal computers emerged, it became
more common to buy them for boys than for
girls, even if girls were just as interested in
computers as boys. In addition, male
programmers began creating professional
associations and discouraged the hiring of
8. Now: Stockings Are For
Then: Stockings Were For

Long before women wore tights, men wore a
hose (a type of stockings or tights), an
important staple of the male wardrobe. During
the Middle Ages, European men wore male
tights on horseback. In the 16th century,
shorter tunics became all the rage, exposing
more of the leg. Men felt they had to have
nicer legs, and the fashion of the time began to
accommodate these manly desires—the hose
turned into one garment that extended all the
way to the crotch.
The hose was often worn with high heels to
further enhance the appearance. King Louis XIV
of France was particularly fond of this look. It
wasn’t until later than women started wearing
stocking. The first pair of female pantyhose
was not invented until 1959.

9. Now: Beer Brewing Is
Associated With Men
Then: Brewing Was A
Woman’s Job

Initially, when men were out hunting, women
were out gathering ingredients that were
needed to make other foods and drinks,
including beer. As time passed, women not only
continued to brew beer for their own families
but also sold the surplus to strangers. In 13th-
century England, records from one town show
that less than 8 percent of brewers were men.
In 18th-century England, certain laws claimed
that tools used for brewing were solely the
property of the woman.
The woman’s role in the field of brewing began
to change during the Middle Ages when
monasteries brewed beer on a larger scale to
satisfy travelers’ demand. Many women were
prosecuted as witches, and some historians
highlight the clear similarities between
brewsters (the feminine form of the word
brewer) and illustrations for anti-witch
propaganda —frothing cauldrons (full of ale),
broomsticks (hung outside the door to indicate
the availability of ale), cats (to chase away the
mice), and pointy hats (to be seen above the
crowds in the busy marketplace)

10. Now: Men Are More
Interested In Sex
Then: Women Were More
Interested In Sex

In one ancient Greek myth, Zeus and Hera
argue about who gets more pleasure from
sexual intercourse—the man or the woman.
They ask the prophet Tiresias, who had once
spent seven years of his life as a woman.
Tiresias answers that if sexual pleasure was to
be divided into 10 parts, only one part would go
to the man and the remaining nine parts would
go to the woman . All over Europe, it was
believed that women had great sexual desire
and thus were labeled temptresses. Why else
would childbirth be worthwhile if the sexual
pleasure was not greater than a man’s?
How and when this stereotype became reversed
is not exactly clear, but some historians believe
that it was the result of Protestant ministers
portraying their congregants (mostly middle-
class white women) as moral beings rather
than seductresses. Women welcomed this
portrayal because in a way. It helped them
develop certain superiority over men.

Source: listverse.com/2016/07/13/10-gender-stereotypes-that-used-to-be-different/
Re: 10 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be Different. by Greyworld: 8:11pm On Jul 14, 2016
Can't imagine a guy wearing a pink shirt (top) e 4 funny die.

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Re: 10 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be Different. by Nobody: 8:13pm On Jul 14, 2016
Source: listverse.com
Thank me later wink

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Re: 10 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be Different. by anumide(f): 8:26pm On Jul 14, 2016
tongue[quote author=Fabulocity post=47544882]Source: listverse.com Hahan. Waris your own na.
Re: 10 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be Different. by Nobody: 8:32pm On Jul 14, 2016
Can't imagine a guy wearing a pink shirt (top) e 4 funny die.
Guys do wear pink shirts now.
Re: 10 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be Different. by Greyworld: 9:08pm On Jul 14, 2016

Guys do wear pink shirts now.

Datz y I said (top) smtin wif lacey Pattern. I av a pink shirt long sleeves tho.
Re: 10 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be Different. by jashar(f): 3:50pm On Jul 16, 2016
I like knowing things like these. Thank you jare, darling OP. kiss

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