A new Buzzfeed video shows how ridiculous childhood gender roles are by applying them to adults. It uses humour to ask us to rethink applying gender roles to kids, but also asks us to consider the extent to which those roles do have an impact on our adult behaviour and interactions.
Boss (female): Welcome, welcome. Here are your new company laptops (pink laptop to Madeline and blue laptop to David)
Boss to man in pink shirt: David, you can’t wear that. It’s a girl colour.
Woman 1 to Madeline: Oh here, pick that one or that one (points to mug reading “Princess” and “Diva” instead of “Stud” or “Rockstar”). That’s cute, yeah!
Boss to Madeline:No, no no, David can do that.
David: I’ve never done that before
Madeline (holding box of Yogi Women’s Energy Tea): How’s yours?
David (holding box of “Men’s Tea”): It’s, um, manly.
Boss to Madeline trying to open roll of Superman duct tape: No, no, no, I have something better (hands her scotch tape in a dispenser shaped like a pink high heel)
Madeline: So let’s go over the presentation. If you guys wouldn’t mind cleaning up when we’re done, that would be great.
Woman 1: Madeline, that’s a little bossy.
David: If you guys could clean up after we’re done, that would be great.
Woman 1: Good leadership, David.
(woman 1 and Madeline going over work, two men fighting in the background)
Woman 1: Hmm, boys will be boys.
Madeline: My favourite colour’s blue.
David: I actually really like pink (they switch their laptops)
Caption: Good thing this never happens to adults…Right?
Woman 1 to man filling “Princess” mug with coffee: Oh my god, stop. You want something like this, baby, let me grab that for you (offers him mug that says “Stud”).
David: Um, no, it’s ok.
Woman 1: It’s ok?