What would you want to be if you were the opposite sex?
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Women, Black (Surveys)
Gender identity (Surveys)
Pub Date: 07/01/2011
Publication: Name: Sister Namibia Publisher: Sister Namibia Audience: Academic; General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Sister Namibia ISSN: 1026-9126
Issue: Date: July, 2011 Source Volume: 23 Source Issue: 2
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Namibia Geographic Code: 6NAMI Namibia
Accession Number: 264175220
Full Text: It begins as early as childhood. Baby girls are made to play with dolls and play pots and pans, while little boys are encouraged to play with cars and building blocks, as if to prepare the boys for their expected future professions as mechanics or engineers, and girls as care-givers or housewives. The trend of associating certain professions with gender is evident even in the mainstream media, where men are more likely to be portrayed as architects and businessmen and women as housewives, teachers or nurses.

The Sister Namibia team took to the streets to find out to what extent it is true that society is labelling certain professions for certain gender groups. They first asked young Namibians in what profession they would like to be when grown-up, and then asked the same persons what they would have wanted to be if they had been the opposite sex. The answers were quite revealing -and Sister Namibia challenged the young respondents to not let their gender limit their dreams.

Rica Kauarii, 18, student

I want to be a chartered accountant. If I were a man, I would still want to be a chartered accountant.

Julia Amukoshi, 22

I wouldn't want to be anybody else. I am thankful for who I am and I can accomplish anything as a female or male.

Milton Chapo, 25, musician

If I were a woman, I would want to be in a position of power in order to uplift other women. Men are taking over, but women should take the spotlight for a change.

Whitney Ndimunu, 22, student

I want to be a doctor when I grow up. If I were male, I would want to be an engineer. I can't be an engineer now, because I think it's hard for girls to be able to fix things.

Dolly Nghixudifwa, 21, student

I want to be a lawyer. If I were a guy, I would probably want to be an architect, because most architects are male and being male would serve as an advantage for me.
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