In the past around friends and family I’ve stated that I consider being an idol, the most interesting and exciting profession a girl could pursue. Most of them didn’t make much of my saying that, however a few times I’ve been called sexist because of it. Of course, I don’t have that intention behind my words so I try and explain my thinking in greater depth, but I believe I only end up sounding worse. I’ve already considered that my statement could be in fact sexist and that perhaps, there’s no way around that. Although, I can’t stress enough that if it is sexist, it’s inadvertently so. I’m writing in hopes to purify my thoughts and analyze them properly; although, I’m much more interested in expressing myself than explaining.
I don’t believe any career choice is specifically optimized with a gender in mind. I’m not pushing the notion that females can’t do anything other than look pretty and entertain men. Actually, I’ve always considered being a fighter, the coolest career choice for men. I don’t think that means I’m sexist towards my own gender, rendering members of it brash, barbaric or unintelligent. I’ve come to realize that my statement, most likely isn’t properly representing my feelings. Rather than say “I consider being an idol, the most interesting and exciting profession a girl could pursue.”, what I should say is that if I were to have been born a girl, I’d want to be an idol.
How’s that? It’s definitely about my personal desire and interest in idols. Because making a blanket statement for an entire gender is definitely in poor consideration of individuality. I can’t speak for what anyone else would find interesting or rewarding. Thinking about my original statement now kind of reminds me of my childhood; where my father would call my brother and I faggots for not liking baseball and claiming all men should.
I don’t think being an idol’s the best job for a girl based on any preexisting cultural understanding of the ideal woman. I couldn’t care less for any default female-image preference imposed by society; I love idols but also love to follow women’s cage fighting as well. So I doubt I have issues with gender role typecasting. In the future I’ll make it clear that my preference towards choosing the idol-life has to do with my personal interest in them. Finally, the life just seems incredibly exciting to me. I love all aspects of it, from the physical, to the merely cosmetic. Not to mention, I value the experiences to be found from working within a team, therefore learning choreography and performing it together just seems like my kinda gig.