By Elle Stanger (October 26, 2019)
On Women who get mad at the removal of pink and “feminine” markers from menstrual products*:
Many assigned-female-at-birth (AFAB) children are pushed into liking pink and flowers from the time they are born, so when you base an entire identity around gender roles, it’s going to be very upsetting for people who have strongly attached to those roles.
Example: ‘Pink things have always meant for-girls and I’m a girl and now that’s going away! Women = Pink! I’m being erased!’
Like men who are angry that they are being asked to rework behaviors showing entitlement and aggression (the Gillette razor ad, for example):
You told these boys to act a certain way their entire lives and now taking that away or altering expectations makes them confused about their role in society.
Look around for people who raise their kids on “How to be a Man/Woman”; it’s often rife with double standards and specific themes.
Gender roles are garbage and ascribed activities and tastes based on sex/gender are one example.
*Some people are just transphobes though.