The nurses also knew they didn’t fit in the traditional mold of masculinity. Many said they were troubled by past recruitment campaigns that played up the masculine aspects of nursing, like one that compared the adrenaline rush to mountain climbing. Instead, they said they embraced the notion that being caring should be considered a masculine trait, too.
Back at home, in the north-eastern province of Loei where she was born, getting stared at is something she's now used to. "People don't recognise me when I go back to my hometown. They are surprised of how big I am and think I look transgender," she says. Even in the beach town of Pattaya, where she has lived for the past eight years and where bodybuilding is gaining popularity, Fon says fellow Thais sometimes see her as a "freak". Several of them don't speak Thai with her, assuming she is a Filipina or Brazilian.
Between ¨gender neutral parenting¨ and ¨the Google manifesto¨, there’s a recent ongoing conversation about defying traditional gender roles we can’t ignore. With powerful influencers as role models, such as Malala and Emma Watson, who are constantly inviting us to challenge our perceived notions about gender, women and equality. And, inspiring men, such as Justin Baldoni and John Legend, who are redefining what masculinity looks like — the fight towards gender equality is slowly, but surely, becoming an intersectional affair.
Millennial men share the same values as women when it comes to work-life balance, equal rights, pay transparency and meaningful careers. Millennial men participated in the Women’s March, rallied around Equal Pay Day and have been involved in many protests about equal rights. Instead of focusing on gender, we care more about equal rights for all and protecting and supporting our local communities.
Researchers at Kenyon College analyzed dozens of Halloween costumes, Valentine’s Day cards and action figures targeted at either girls or boys. Almost 90 percent of the female characters in these pieces of pop culture were adorned with what the researchers called “decorative clothing” — clothing that impedes movement. In contrast, nearly 80 percent of male characters wore functional clothing that encouraged free movement. A Spider-Man suit lets you run and play without worrying about exposing your body or tearing your costume. A crinoline-boosted princess gown requires you to sit like a lady, manage to avoid tripping on your skirts, and keep your head upright, lest you lose your tiara.
“I think the court is clearly saying that you can claim that when someone's looking at your behavior, your appearance, your actions, and using that as a basis to discriminate against you based on not fitting the sexual norms, that your gender orientation can’t be looked at essentially as one of those behaviors to bring you under the protections of the law,” Hardinger said.