I was 9 years old when I persuaded my mum to cut my hair short.
I was pleased. It was easy to take care of and not in the way.
I had short hair for 2 years.
Then one winterday on the schoolyard 2 children I did not recognize came up to me..
They asked me if I was a boy.
- Nooo, I replied suspiciously and began to walk away.
The kids went after me and shouted;
- But why do you look like a boy then! You have boyish hairstyle and you dress like a boy. You're weird, why do you want to be a boy?
I was confused.
My favorite actris had the exact same hairstyle and she was a girl.. people probably thought she was a boy too. I did not want to look like a boy, so embarrassing.
I began saving my hair and the next winter I asked for a new winter coat because my other one looked like something boys are wearing.
Today, 16 years later, it's easy to see that it's still not okay for a girl to be unfeminine and boys who are wearing pink and like Hello Kitty are in the riskzone of being bullied.
I really hope that this will change before I have children.
Children should be allowed to just be children and find their own personality and style, regardless of gender.