Gender stereotypes are hard to escape. From the moment a child is born — heck, even while the mom is still pregnant — society dictates norms to adhere to: pinks are for girls and blues are for boys. Girls get dolls and play kitchens, and boys get a car or a ball. There is no interchanging them.
This typecasting continues to the tween and teenage years, during which, again and again, the idea that girls must behave this way and boys act that way is ingrained in their young minds. That's unsettling for a lot of people, but photographer Kirsten McGoey from Ontario, Canada decided she was going to use her passion as a medium to change all that, at least in her community. Kirsten is a mom to three boys, and it was her middle child who inspired a campaign she called #ABoyCanToo.
"#aboycantoo started as a love story of sorts for my middle son who has inspired us with a love of rainbows, his constant twirls and whirls evolving into a love of dancing, singing and the stage," she writes on her blog. "As parents we try to provide all our three boys a place to choose the adventure they feel suits their own interests. So alongside LTDP Soccer practices we also attend dance open houses; soccer balls litter the back yard and we host dance parties in the living room.
"Not long after I decided to pursue my first personal photography project I knew it had to shed light on these amazing boys who in the face of strong societal gender norms are embracing a strong sense of self worth, self confidence and providing inspiration for other #aboycantoo boys all over the world."
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Her work features boys ages 4 to 16 years old doing activities and pursuing passions usually only seen in girls. "Help us stamp out gender biases one click at a time," she urges others. See some of her amazing work below:
Who says superheroes only wear capes and a mask? A tutu works perfectly, too.
CONTINUE READING BELOW
Figure skating isn't for girls only, and this boy proves it.
Girls rock long hair — and so can boys.
Love is a universal language, so this boy shows, by nurturing his doll with love.