Computers, heels and social development. Did you know that high heels were originally meant for men? And that computer programming was a woman’s job? Norms and roles in society are constantly changing, just as people are constantly growing. But how do such changes relate to thinking and personal growth?
With a quick Google search, you can find at least 30 products that were originally intended for the opposite sex. Some changes, such as the use of leg stirrups, are definitely for the better. I know I just asked a question. And the answer to that is that leg stirrups were invented to remove stones from the bladder in men. how? Well “simple”, cutting through simplicity!
You can imagine that besides the stones, many men died from this procedure. Fortunately, they are much better to use with a gynecologist. Another product with an interesting switch is high heels. Originally made for men, some sources say its origins began with butchers to avoid getting their feet soaked in blood. The other refers to its use for the necessary extra balance when riding a horse, and then we have its use to make aristocratic men look taller and more formidable.
This shift is very interesting as it goes from something really practical to a subject that affects perception, thinking, personal growth and self-esteem. The change in audience has not changed, for women it is also about appearance, which then affects perception, thinking, personal growth and self-esteem. I include thinking and personal growth in the consequences because the perception you think someone has of you, or the perception you want to create, correlates with thinking.
Self-esteem is related to personal growth, because the stronger your belief in yourself, the more open you are to growth and learning. Interestingly, a man wearing high heels in the modern era can be seen as a symbol of high self-esteem. The story of high heels also reflects how we as a society change our views on various topics. One moment it’s about practicality, and then it goes beyond that and becomes something about culture, identity and mindset.
Computer programming from a collaborative job for the detail-oriented woman to a job for the “geek” man. From its beginnings in 1946 until around the 1970s, programming was one of the professions marketed to women. The most interesting thing is how it was sold. Nowadays, programming is seen as a job for introverts or people with minimal social skills, but back then the focus was on the collaboration and planning aspects. Not only a complete reversal of gender roles, but also a reversal of human expectations. It can be said that anti-social moments were promoted and cultivated in male stereotypes. During that period, men were well represented in nursing and teaching positions. If we look at it in terms of thinking, everyone has been an emotional and social caregiver in one form or another.
Society then began to place one gender in a more financial caretaker role and the other in an emotional social role. We are now seeing the beginnings of a return to roles that are becoming more universal, driven by the desired personal development of people and new societal expectations.
Over time, we see how social change gives rise to different points of view and rituals. Once men wore pink to stand out and create a spectacular look, it is now seen as a feminine color. Or how women once held doors open so men could assess potential danger in a room, but now men do it as a courtesy to women. During personal development, we also experience different versions of thinking. We can walk away from a certain perspective only to return to it with a new appreciation.