Gender roles are the norms that society has for males and females.
When I was four years old, my sister Whitney and I got Legos for Christmas. These were my legos:
These were Whitney’s legos:
I cried when I opened mine and compared them to Whitney’s. “I’m not a boy!” I protested. “Blue legos are for boys.” After that, I continuously told my sister that she looked like a boy (because she had short hair), in the hopes of getting her to use my Legos.
Growing up, I learned how society establishes gender roles: girls like pink and boys like blue. I was offended that my parents would “consider me a boy.” Another gender role I believed: boys have short hair. I thought that if I could convince my sister she was a boy because she has short hair, she would play the role of a boy and take my Legos.