Tag: Not racist, but not gender-free!

A tag! After a long time! I have not been a regular blogger these days, but the football world cup was a wake up call for me to come back and write something here. But as my favourite Italy were sent packing in the first round itself, I didn’t find anything interesting that gave me a drive to continue. I was sitting comfortably, and wow! – I am tagged by Dhanya!

This seems to be an interesting one, which wants me to look back deeply and find out some content to be written here.

First – the rule

Have you ever wanted or done something your gender is not supposed to?

If you are a woman,

Have you ever wanted something that is considered ‘manly’? Like a basketball, a cell phone, a dog, a camera or a new laptop? A new car or motor bike? Ever wanted to be a pilot? A doctor or not a nurse? And the manliest want of them all – The remote!

As a kid did you enjoy playing with a bat and a ball?

There was a time when books were considered ‘manly’, women authors had to pretend to be men – would you say books are still rather manly – women should want to embroider and crochet?

If you are a man,

Have you ever wanted something that only women are supposed to want – like bags, shoes, clothes, creams, perfumes, babies, flowers? A peaceful home and a happy family? Have you ever been afraid of the dark or of insects?

As a kid did you ever want to play ‘teacher-teacher’, cooking or did you like playing with a doll? Have you ever enjoyed cooking? Bought something in pink? Loved chocolates?

Are magazines and books, TV News and blogs for men or for women?

Religion and God? Pets? Politics? Air planes and cars? Technology? – Who should want them, men or women?

The tag condition is – list at least ten things you have ever wanted or done which your gender is not supposed to.

Here I go!

  • Cooking – I don’t know whether this can completely be associated with women. 99% of the hotels that serve delicious food employ men in their backend. Anyway, from my childhood itself, I have observed that it is the woman in the family who does all the cooking. I have never found a lady who proudly boasts that she goes to work and that her husband does all the cooking and baby care. So I believe, even though cooking is not something strictly associated with women, they love to master the art. I am not a good cook, but I can judge the required quantity of ingredients in a dish reasonably well. I have also won laurels from many (mom, and wife, who else?) about this gift of god!
  • Soaps and perfumes – I am someone who likes to experiment with different brands. In my childhood, my bathroom was filled with the good old smell of Cinthol Original. But later on, I started exploring different makes, different flavours, and different colours. I have even used Gladys beauty soap, which is branded as a ladies’ item! 🙂 Same is the case with perfumes; but here I don’t like to experiment with ‘pink flavours’.
  • Magazines – There are a lot of magazines on the stands that are intended for ‘men’. But I never found any substance in them. I am a keen reader of Vanitha and Grihalakshmi. From the advertisements that are published in these women-only magazines, I can bet the makers know the male readers outnumber the female readers! 😛
  • Fancy ornaments, dolls, baby wears – I like buying those fancy dolls, bangles, ear rings, and bindis! I never thought it to be something that only women should shop. I have bought a lot of such stuff for my mom, wife, and niece! I must confess, on several occasions, I had to ignore the chuckles of the lady staff in such stores. I think I am an okay shopper of baby wears too. I like those cute sparkly dresses for the little ones.
  • Arranging items in drawing room – Whenever we do a rearrangement of the items in the house, save for the drawing room, I leave everything to my wife to decide. I find great interest in ‘putting things to place’. (Hope my wife is not reading this!)

Sorry Dhanya, I thought a lot, and just couldn’t go beyond these five listed items! I guess it would be easier for a woman to list all the ten items. 😛

6 thoughts on “Tag: Not racist, but not gender-free!

  1. hey thanks for taking up the tag. You know what so far you r the only male who have taken it up. So you can be proud of that 🙂
    I also know many guys who read Vanita n Grihalakshmi. Even my dad used to read it 🙂 n buying Fancy ornaments, dolls, baby wears? Think I should take tips from you 🙂


  2. @Sreejith : Nicely done Sree.. Pretty dangerous tag, this.. 🙂

    I've been reading all your football posts.. you should have continued to the final.

    With Warm regards,


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