The very act of buying household products or a princess crown is not liberating; it normalizes a female social role centered on appearance and status rather than intellectual growth and financial success. The commodification of femininity reveals how various marketing practices and strategies shape consumer patterns, gender identities, and social roles that continue to perpetuate gender inequality.
Individuals need to confront the reality that sexuality lies on a spectrum, and no single person’s identity along it is invalid. Asexual, pansexual, bisexual and everything in between, all sexual identities are valid, real, and need to be respected.
It’s important to consider how this commonly used word is a slur to one of the most persecuted ethnic groups in the world, the Roma.
From “Gilmore Girls,” we find empowerment, with recognition of where we have come from, and an indication of the long way that we still have to go.
The bottom line is toxic masculinity harms all genders. It promotes sexism, misogyny, violence, and rape culture, while enforcing dangerous stereotypes of masculinity and femininity.