Miley Cyrus may have done a lot of stupid things on Instagram and on stage, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t headed in the right direction. Recently, Miley has been using her fame as a platform to speak out about issues that are important to her. She used an awards show to highlight the problems of homeless youths, she is a huge supporter of LGBTQ issues, and she’s been Instagramming pictures of her armpit hair to get rid of the stigma of body hair on girls.
Considering all of this, her latest project isn’t that surprising. Miley recently launched the Happy Hippie Foundation, a charity foundation that benefits LGBTQ, homeless, and at-risk youths. Miley will be posting a series of backyard sessions on the foundation’s Facebook page where she sings in her backyard with another famous performer to garner attention for her causes. It isn’t just about singing, though. Miley has already created a grant for a homeless center in Los Angeles, and she plans on doing more.
You’re probably wondering what this has to do with gender stereotypes. I’m getting to that, don’t worry! While promoting the Happy Hippie Foundation, Miley discussed her own sexuality a little bit with the Associated Press, saying not all of her relationships have been heterosexual. She also told Out magazine, “I didn’t want to be a boy. I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don’t relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that’s what I had to understand: Being a girl isn’t what I hate, it’s the box that I get put into.”
It’s easy to relate to what Miley is trying to say, especially when you think about all of the gender stereotypes about women that still exist. It’s frustrating to be a girl in this world when you’re not a stereotypical girl. Still confused? Here are 10 unfair assumptions people will make about you just because you’re a girl. Here’s hoping that having people like Miley Cyrus speak out about this helps change these thoughts.
Girls Can't Be Good At Math or ScienceOne of the biggest assumptions about girls is that they are really bad at math and science, or any kind of scientific thinking at all. A lot of people defend statements like these by saying that our brains are wired differently than a man, and so we physically can't be good at math or science. Uh, no. Girls can be just as good, if not better, in these subjects. Source: ShutterStock
Girls Are Relationship-CrazyA lot of people think that all girls have one goal in life: to find their perfect soulmate and get married. Basically, they believe that all girls just want to find true love. Sure, a lot of women do feel this way, but so do a lot of guys! It's important to note that not every girl wants this, though. There are plenty of girls out there who aren't 100 percent focused on being in a relationship and who actually enjoy being single. Let them live! Source: ShutterStock
Girls Hate Sports and Don't Know Anything About ThemUgh, I'm so sick of hearing the statement that girls can't be as into sports as guys can. It's so ridiculous. Girls can and do love sports, but even when that happens, guys claim they're only doing it to impress men. Uh, no. Get over yourselves, please. Source: ShutterStock
Girls Are Always On A Diet and Worrying About Their WeightIf you only learned about females by looking at women's magazines or watching ads directed towards women, you would assume that all girls spend the majority of their time thinking about how to lose weight. A lot of people assume that girls are always on a diet, that they're always feeling guilty about eating, and that they are always thinking about their weight. This isn't true. There are plenty of girls who are happy with their bodies and aren't interested in changing. Source: ShutterStock
Girls Are Bored By Video Games and Comic BooksWhy are video games and comic books considered a "guy" thing? Why can't they be for everyone? Girls like these things just as much as dudes do, and it's unfair to assume they don't. Just like when it comes to sports, a lot of people assume girls are only into video games and comic books to get attention, which is absurd. Source: ShutterStock
All Girls Love ShoppingIf video games are considered a dude thing, then shopping is definitely considered a female thing. But it shouldn't be. There are plenty of guys who love to shop, just like there are plenty of women who hate it. Not every girl is into fashion and style and buying the latest trends. Source: ShutterStock
Girls Don't Understand CarsCars are another hobby that people assume are a "guy" thing. Nope. There are lots of girls who are just as into cars as guys are. One of my favorite things about Gilmore Girls was that the local mechanic was a woman. Awesome! You never, ever see women as car mechanics in TV shows or movies. Source: ShutterStock
All Girls Are Good At MakeupIt's assumed that all females are makeup experts who know how to do effortless cateyes and contouring. Nope. Plenty of women don't know how to do that stuff, and not only that, they don't care about makeup at all. Source: ShutterStock
Girls Aren't StrongWhy do people assume girls can't be strong? I don't get it. Why do we have to be delicate little flowers just because we're females? Source: ShutterStock
All Girls Like BoysWhen Miley says she doesn't like the box she's put into as a girl, I'm assuming she's talking about gender stereotypes and sexuality, and the idea that all girls like boys. Guys, it's 2015. Stop assuming every woman out there is straight. Source: ShutterStock
Which of these stereotypes do you think is the worst? Which one do people always think about you that isn’t true? Tell me in the comments.