Target, the retail chain, announced that it’d remove signage that has long communicated separate aisles for boys and girls. Boys’ aisle had toys and action figures, whereas girls’ had dolls and costumes, mostly.
After the announcement, reactions came pouring in and were divided among the shoppers. A lot of them complained that the removal of signage was nothing but stupidity, that boys and girls would always be boys and girls. I too felt that signage was necessary, as it carried forward a long-held tradition, also saving shoppers their time. But, when a lot of shoppers welcomed the announcement and I understood why they supported it, I scrapped my deep-seated rationale, appreciating Target’s move wholeheartedly.
The belief that boys can’t wear pink or girls can’t play with action figures is a fundamental mistake. If a boy wants to play with a barbie doll, or a girl wants to imitate a superman figure, let them; and let’s not decide what they must have or which aisle they should avoid. When we make these decisions, we’re apparently limiting their evolving worldview. What let-them-be will do is that when they grow up, they may be far more schooled about gender diversity and complexity.
If girls loved the action figures, their inclination to take up a sport or join the military in the future may be natural. Similarly, boys’ fascination for dolls may, in later years, put them at ease when caring for a baby as fathers. Being natural is always more effective, and satisfying.
Sugared drink manufacturers will go to any length to make sure consumers continue to sip Coke, Pepsi and other drinks. They were covertly funding some scientists to come up with findings that a good exercise could offset a bad diet.
There hasn’t undoubtedly been a single evidence to prove that if we exercise every day, we can eat anything. When food enters our system, it causes metabolic and hormonal changes, and exercise can only do so much. Science says that the more sugar we consume, the more pressure we put on the insulin to process it; and insulin will gradually lose its power, making way for diabetes and other diseases.
Isn’t this shocker enough that a can of sugared drink has 15-18 teaspoons of sugar?
I see people drink their tea or coffee without sugar, leading by example of how much they value their health, only to drink a can (or glass), if not two, of sugared soda. How’s that!