Written By Aparna, Aayushi and Chandni
Gender roles exist in nearly all aspects of our lives – traditional notions of what is feminine or masculine, or even queer, are deeply embedded in our minds.
Time Magazine recently named Gitanjali Rao as Kid of the Year, the magazines’ first-ever issue under the title. What we know of this girl of just fifteen years of age is that she has been able to achieve what most of us can’t. Her ability to apply scientific ideas to issues of our dreary world motivates other children all over to take up their own cause. She is a collective inspiration to all generations, gaining recognition in 2017 when she tried to create a mobile device to test lead levels in drinking water. This teenager is not like the typical television scientist that we see. She is a part of the Forbes under thirty list and is now also a face for feminism, unstoppable in her pursuit of a better world.
The disruption of gender labels occurring in many artistic platforms inspires the new undertones of today. Harry Styles appeared on Vogue Magazines’ cover wearing a statement dress slaying the most traditional models of gender. While, Elliot Page recently came out as transgender with his preferred pronouns: he, they. Harry Styles and Eliot Page embrace all parts of themselves and prove that gender is just a societal construct that limits us from fully expressing ourselves. Both of them induce a new shift in society, where we can focus on being good without having to explain who we want to be.
It is a privilege in this day and age to live our truth and find solidarity amongst other people living through similar experiences. All through this pandemic, human resilience and support networks have shone through; However, it has also brought in harsh criticism with homophobic and transphobic undertones. Yet we see the presence of a new normal, which is: to not fall under the conventional labels of age, gender, or sex.