What is a boy? What is a girl? By Kamla Bhasin

Kamla Bhasin's haunting reminders on gender stereotyping are as relevant as ever. Here is the 1st one. You may use it as a 'seed idea' & explore discussions & debate with your learners. You may ask them to build a skit or paint a picture on the same theme.

What is a boy? What is a girl?

When a child is born, it is either a girl or a boy.

What is a girl?

Some people say that a girl is one who has long hair.

But Kuldip has long hair and he is a boy.

Some people say that those who wear jewellery are girls.

Meghraj wears a necklace and earrings and he is a boy.

What is boy?

Some people say that boys are those who wear shorts and climb trees.

Shanti wears shorts and can climb trees very quickly and she is a girl.

Some people say that boys are those who are strong and can carry heavy loads.

Saeeds and Nafisa carry two pitchers of water and heavy loads of fuel and they are girls.

Some people say that girls are those who help in housework.

But Joseph helps with cooking and cleaning at home and he is a boy.

Some people sat that those how work in the fields are men or boys.

Baljit and her mother work in the fields and they are women.

Some people say that those who trade in the market are men.

Valli goes to the market to sell fish but she is a girl.

Some people say those who are gentle and motherly are girls.

Kabir is gentle, full of motherly love and he looks after his younger sister and he is a boy.

Some people say that those who are capable of managing affairs of the outside world are men.

But Aruna is a District Collector and manages the entire district and she is a woman.

Then what is a boy, and what is a girl?

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