I am an Upworthy fan and when the UN Women organisation exposed the thinking of people who search on the following: Women Cannot, Women Shouldn't, Women Should and Women Need To; I was intrigued and tried it on Google. The powerful nature to capture what most people commonly search on intrigued me. If according the the common searches 'women should stay at home,' what does it say about men?
Here's what I found. There are still stereotypes, but the assumptions are certainly not as negative. For example, it says 'Men Need': space, respect and women. The trivial arises like 'Men Shouldn't': wear flip flops or shorts. The one negative is 'Men Cannot:' be trusted.
It appears that for men there are mainly enabling statements, and ones that can be taken positively. Women however have limiting search statements: women shouldn't: have rights, vote, work or box. Women should: stay at home, be slaves, be in the kitchen or not speak in church.
The two suggest a change in the way we speak, act and search is needed in order to change attitudes. If we rethink and start phrasing positive statements then it may start to affect a change. For example I wish the search had, 'Women Should': be empowered, have choices. Women shouldn't be withheld an education, be forced to do anything against their will. That is in my hopes for the future.
Let's start to think and frame positive messages in our lives that are in searches, our daily conversations, interactions and change attitudes.