About a month ago, at a place where I had been working as an intern, we had been asked to gather the latest trends with regard to various things like tech, fashion, places to eat, etc. Now, I am the kind of person who is least interested in fashion and its trends. I have tried liking shopping but turns out it doesn't bust my stress, rather it increases it. So, precisely, I don't like fashion and clothing and whatever comes under this topic.
A male co-intern and I had been asked to specifically brainstorm about fashion-related things. The male co-intern, let's call him X claimed that he couldn't do anything on fashion because it didn't fit his area of interest, and that he would find things on any other topic, whatsoever. However, when I said the same, I had been asked to 'develop' interest in fashion because I was a girl. I found the argument futile, and therefore, left the internship.
It was not a big deal, per se. But when I realised how much difference these little things make, I was taken aback. Blue is for boys, pink is for girls, are the kinds of stereotypes that further categorise 'males' and 'females' so much that the term 'humans' gets lost somewhere.
How and from where these stereotypes initiate and develop from?