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Avoid stereotypes while Increasing Productivity

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

This world is filled with stereotypes, and once you start increasing productivity you won’t be an exception. Stereotypical views of productivity range from what men think women should do to what women think men should do. Even stereotypical views of ourselves being productive come into play. Typically women are seen as the homemaker, housewives taking care of the kids etc.

Stereotypically speaking a “Productive Woman” is expected to have the family’s needs met on an emotional level. A “Productive Man”, on the other hand, is expected to work all day and make sure the household is taken care of materialistically. We even force these stereotypes on our selves. Men put pressure on themselves to be the breadwinners, Mr. Fix it, the Big Strong Boyfriend/ Husband/ Father. Women must be Nurturers, Care Takers, Nurses, Maids, the Sweet Loving Girlfriend/ Wife/ Mother.
In current society these same stereotypes exist but times 10, with women being expected to assist the family financially and men being expected to fill in for the women while she’s not at home everyone’s responsibilities increase and intermingle. The problem occurs when increasing productivity in aspects of life that are stereotypically not your place. Have you ever seen relationships fall apart, because the woman makes more money? Just look at Hollywood relationships. Many times you see a well known actress with her barely working husband. He may be a great “stay at home dad” but who cares? He’s a bum right?
Not just in the workplace, but in home life increasing productivity can raise concerns. In a world that should be 50/50, the pressure to be productive in your own stereotype is always there. In addition to increasing productivity in other aspects of life men also expect themselves to be great at building, handy work, working on cars, etc. When they can’t do something, they tend to think they’re not being productivity but that’s not necessarily true. For Women, the main example that comes to mind is the expectation to be great nurturers. Not all women have that motherly instinct. They’re expected to know how to love unconditionally, and how to perfectly take care of a newborn. Nobody is born with that, it’s a learning process that takes time, even years to learn. But a “Productive Women” is expected to know what to do when I child is sick, crying, or hurt right? Wrong. Being productive is a process of learning these things. If you don’t fit into your stereotype it’s not because you’re not a productive member of society it’s probably because you either haven’t learned it yet or it’s a stupid stereotype.
Focus on increasing productivity. Only you can gauge your productivity. If you focus on what you think needs to be done and not what people think you should be doing then you’re being productive. (Write that down)