From the time we are born, we are assigned a gender. We are either a "girl" or a "boy".
Often times, we are gendered BEFORE we are born. We want to know the answer to our burning question, "will it be a girl or a boy?"
From this label, we receive all kinds of different messages about who to be and how to be depending on our gender.
We receive these messages from society, family, school, and the media.
We internalize beliefs about what it means to be a "woman" and a "man" and we carry these beliefs with us into adulthood. They affect how we think of ourselves, how we treat ourselves, and how we think of and treat others.
Gender conditioning affects every area of our life. It influences how we show up in the world and who we show up as.
We still cling to these ideas of what a woman is and what a man is and what roles we feel we need to perform in order to be accepted and belong in society.
We want to be loved for who we are and society has taught us that gender is our personhood. That who we are at our core is either a “woman” or a “man.”