Gender-neutral post

I was struggling to find something to write about on my blog. I just feel so exhausted and want to save my creative juices for writing my second book. (Selfish bastard.) But then I came across some articles/reports from this weekend’s MTV Movie Awards. And I don’t normally pay attention, nor do I put much relevance into it, but something significant did happen.

MTV took a very important step in modern society; namely, they made their acting awards into gender-neutral categories. That is very important nowadays because it sends a clear sign that gender equality is a major and current, if not eternal, issue. And it’s something that needs to be put into focus. The spectacle and show business aside, forming such categories really is a monumental occasion. It’s not a wave obliterating the entire period of inequality and struggles for improvement – like a tsunami – but it’s a current – and a strong one – towards the right goal.

Of course, I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that Emma Watson,  a known equal rights advocate, was the first recipient. But I also don’t think she didn’t deserve it. That is one strong, intelligent and eloquent individual, who should be praised for using her platform to deliver the message of equality across the globe.

We must keep in mind that gender equality is a gender-neutral problem. This is not something only women should be fighting for. It’s not something that thrives when men are put down or disregarded. Fighting for equality does not need anyone to be insulted or made inferior.

Everything should be gender-neutral. The respect you receive, your competence, other people’s trust in you, your intelligence and the goodness of your heart are not based on what is between your legs. When it comes to the world’s perception of you, it shouldn’t matter whether you are a woman or a man.

That’s been one of the ideas behind the story of Colton and Alexis. They are both equally strong and in control, equally intelligent and respected, equally good and bad. They are equals. That’s why I decided to write from both perspectives and give them both a voice. I haven’t created any categories based on their genders; I have formed two individuals. But that is fiction and we need to make it work in reality as well.

We are more than just our gender, the color of our skin, who or what we believe in, and also the amount that is in our bank accounts. We are our goodness, empathy, competence, intelligence and personality. We are our actions! And we need to fight and move towards equality in all aspects.

Put it into words and put it into actions!

Sending you equal hugs!

Sources for the photos:

  1. http://iknowpolitics.org/en/learn/knowledge-resources/online-courses/online-course-engaging-men-and-boys-gender-equality
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_equality
  3. http://licensingmagazine.com/2017/03/23/mtv-movie-tv-awards-2017/?lang=en
  4. http://www.usmagazine.com/stylish/pictures/mtv-movie-tv-awards-2017-red-carpet-fashion-what-the-stars-wore-w481049
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8 thoughts on “Gender-neutral post

  1. Great post and great for picking up on the MTV awards thing. You’re so right in everything you say here. As you say, only a current but a strong one. Let’s all be working towards the tsunami.

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  2. I watched the whole award show that night and I gotta say that the Emma Watson acceptance speech was hands down the best part. I was so glad MTV took the big step that they did. And the whole time I was watching her speech, it reminded me so much of this teacher I had back when I was around 7 years old or so; she talked to our class once about how important it is to accept all people and give everyone equality, no matter their gender, race, religion, ect. And I remember her specifically saying that she really hoped and believed that, someday, there would be awards and recognitions given to people without the categories, like just ‘best actor’ and not ‘best female or male actor’, or that everyone in sports would be given equal labels, like being ‘one of the best basketball players of all time’ and not ‘one of the best female athletes of all time’. So, yeah, I really loved that MTV moment, too!

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    • Your teacher sounds amazing.
      There is a story in books for English learners and its title is Smart Alec and Sweet Sue. You can imagine how mad those two names make me. And I’ve explained to students how sexist it is and it’s not right to label people like that. And my students have stopped using those adjectives – in class it’s just Alec and Sue.

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  3. Excellent post and points, Kristina. I think the categories were important at one time when one gender (generally male) was the beneficiary of bias. The fact that times are changing and we can base awards solely on artistic performance is a step in the right direction. Still a long way to go, but with each new generation, it seems we are making progress!

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