LIFESTYLE

'Being Latino' This Week On Facebook

This week on Being Latino on Facebook we looked at the effects of societal norms on groups and individuals, in the home and in the classroom.

An ad with a photo that captures a bonding moment between a little boy and his mom is something of beauty. That is until you add pink nail polish, then it becomes a sinister plot to teach children to defy their assigned gender roles. Can a little boy wearing pink nail polish simply be a little boy wearing pink nail polish, or do the effects last a lifetime? As a moment of play, probably not, but because society has assigned such strict roles, sometimes just being different does have lasting effects.

In a society that pretends to celebrate individuality the last thing a child can be is that, an individual. Whether gay, overweight, really skinny, too smart, not smart enough and sometimes even poor, the reasons that kids are bullied are varied and many. It takes a strong child to fight back and feel confidence about who they are no matter what others say.

But how do these children learn that confidence and gain that strength? Part of it comes from what they’ve learned at home. If they’ve been raised with love and acceptance, they can build their self esteem on those concepts. It’s also learned in the classroom. A positive educational environment where kids are made to understand their limitless potential is also imperative for a healthy childhood. Sadly, in many cases that doesn’t always happen.

Many children, often minority children, are made to feel as if the expectations for their futures have been lowered simply by virtue of being minorities. The educational system fails them, as succinctly stated by an educator: “There is nothing wrong with our out-dated, antiquated, turn-of-the-century (the 20th, that is!) education system... right? As an educator, it bothers me when students, regardless of race, gender, class, etc. are labeled. Students are teachable and can learn. Our education system must change with the times and make education accessible to all students!”

The effects of those lowered expectations and of trying to fit within societal norms stay with us as adults. Women in particular often remain in a constant struggle with beauty and how it relates to their self esteem. Many women never feel pretty enough, skinny enough, or just ‘enough’ in general. 

In many cases the beauty rituals become endless for those who feel the need to fit within society’s standard of beauty on a daily basis. These insecurities drive some to doubt themselves. Convinced that alone they are not enough they seek the advice of others on things as simple as how to interact with others. Forgetting that it is only through being true to yourself and accepting all that you are, that you can attract another.

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Being Latino is a communication platform whose mission is to educate and connect all peoples across the global Latino spectrum. Being Latino is the largest fan page for Latinos on Facebook.

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Like us at facebook.com/foxnewslatino