Roses are red, the sky is blue, men don’t cry, girls are fragile—we all have been told lies all our lives. A generalised statement can mislead and confine us within the walls of delusion. From singing songs of victory of a person to shunning them, we often mark and label the broad group (category).
Since ancient times, poets and scholars chant and preach generalised statements by comparing women with flowers and men with rocks. A child is brought up by conditioning these misleading statements into their system. If the behavior or traits of a child mismatch with the norm, then their lives become tough.
For instance, men are expected to be valiant; if they don’t showcase this quality, the society starts questioning their masculinity. On the other hand, women are embodied as substantial as she bears child and are treated high only in this regard.
Generalisation statements end the potential of a person and create hatred between groups, within and the opposite genders too. When a boy does not live up to the expectations of the society, i.e., when they do not fulfill their supposed gender roles, they are told to not to behave like a girl. These labels damage the morale of the boy to the point that they start to hate themselves. The same is true to other genders and sexes as well.
For example, when women don’t fulfill society’s expectations for them, they are labelled and ridiculed.
Instead of creating a broad and generalised statement on a gender or group, we shall treat an individual as a human. Rather keeping a tab on the behavior and scrutinizing people, understand their emotions. This will cut down all the atrocities that would have been generated if the generalised statements applied.
Both men and women can be wrong; humans are bound to make mistakes. Even when it comes to holding accountable a person who has done something wrong, instead of blaming their gender, treat them as human and penalise accordingly.
If a person of a certain community/group does a crime, labelling and generalising the entire community for the act of that one person is wrong. Similarly, if a person belonging to a particular place/country commits a crime, labelling/generalising the entire nation is also wrong.
We often talk and laugh out most of the petty, generalised statements; however, this eventually becomes a habit to an extent where we start viewing the world from this perspective. So, stop generalising/grouping people and start treating them as humans.