In the next episode of Postmodern Sitcom, I discuss gender and how 80s sitcoms and gender stereotypes shaped Generation X’s viewpoints. This article reinforces what my guest and I talk about as the new normal. Millennials and Gen Z reject the gender binary. It says, “Today’s teens are more gender-nonconforming and gender-fluid than any previous generation, and it’s serving them well.”
As a card-carrying Gen X’er, I feel caught between stereotypes from my youth’s media content and today’s expectations. Today, I don’t want to be offensive but I find myself judged by preconceived notions. I will say, however, if today’s younger generations can make a shift to gender equality through gender nonexistence, I’m all for it.
Here’s hoping that one day the phrase “you do you” is applied en masse. I also hope that salary, workplace behavior, and intelligence are equally accepted too.