We tend to use the technique of association and categorizing to make more sense of the people, places and things around us. Our thoughts and behaviors are refection of who we spend time with, what activities we engage in and where we come from. Gender association plays a curial role in creating identities.
I believe this is a cultural phenomenon which has developed through natural selection. A human body of a male and female maybe similar is a lot of ways but they are unique in a few. These unique features of male versus a female human body are factors that have caused a cultural segregation over the years. For instance, the levels of hormonal activities in a physical body of a female. These hormonal changes trigger behaviors that are uncommon in males due to their body composition. Due to this natural selection women maybe known to be more emotionally active than males.
As I scrolled through my phone, to find an image of a neutral objects, as long as it took I found one. An image of a cafe latte. It made me think about associations of food with people, places and gender. I was intrigued by beverages so I scrolled some more to find a “girly” drink I order at the bar the other day. A cafe latte is a drink that could be associated with any gender versus a cosmopolitan which is clearly gives a feminine vibe simply because it’s fruity and easier to drink than a “neat whiskey”. If a latte were to associated with a gender, it would probably also be considered as a feminine drink. The reason would be the sweetness to the drink caused by the milk to expresso ratio.
Gender associations are fair when it comes to making sense of the world around you. However, it is often accompanied by negative assumptions about a particular gender. I believe every man has a right to enjoy a fruity drink of their choice while every women can enjoy her cigar. As individuals, we must feel free to associate with the gender preferences of our choice.
When I encounter an individual with a confusing gender specific vibe, I take my time to acknowledge them. It’s important to understand who the are in their own space.