April 18, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about gender. It can be fixed or fluid. Explore the topic on your own terms and open your mind to possibilities and understanding. Go where the prompt leads!
Two boys were the subjects of a study of masculinity. One played football the other was a ballet dancer. Both were the same age, and both were intent on getting to the top of their fields.
In the end, the ballet dancer showed greater strength and agility, his masculinity showed out when he moved on stage. The football player exhibited masculine traits in mixing with his mates at the pub and physically working hard.
The ballet dancer was intelligent and very insightful; the football player had little understanding of the world around him and was nowhere near as intelligent.
Written for: https://carrotranch.com/2019/04/18/april-18-flash-fiction-challenge/
This definitely addresses gender stereotyping, Michael.
An interesting gender study, Michael, playing with stereotypes and expectations. My son studied ballet and then went on to run cross country at university. I think when we can break gender molds we do experience more of the world.
I think so too