Nepal should normalize a lot of things. The Nepali people have come a long way, especially when it comes to being accepted in a society filled with prejudices. But we still have a long way to go before being fully accepted for who we are. Social dilemmas still prevail and stop us from being rational.
This is why it is about time we discuss the elephant in the room, i.e. normalizing certain things and behaviors that are often considered unacceptable by the Nepalese society.
Here are 8 things we need to normalize in Nepal in 2021.
Mental Health and Therapy.
Having mental health issues doesn’t mean you’re “pagal” or insane; it simply means that you’re a human. Anyone can suffer from mental illness and there is nothing wrong with trying to seek help.
Men Liking Feminine Things and Vice Versa.
It’s the 21st century people and there is no need to judge people based on what they like, or anything else for that matter. So, let’s mind our own business the next time we see a man with nail-polish or makeup or a woman playing sports and video games.
We are all sick and tired of watching cisgenders portraying the role of gays and lesbians in the entertainment industry. It is about time we see more LGBTQ+ representation and recognition
Men Showing Emotion.
“Boys don’t cry,” is probably the most toxic thing you can teach your child. We need to normalize the fact that men are equally emotional as women and there is nothing wrong in showing it to the world.
Not Wanting To Marry or Have Kids.
Marriage shouldn’t be something to force on to people. It is absolutely okay to wait for the right time and the right person. And if you don’t find them, it’s okay not to get married at all. We need to normalize and respect the fact that there are people who don’t feel like marriage is the only thing that completes their lives.
Similarly, people also need to realize that having children isn’t the ultimate goal in life. And it’s completely normal if they don’t want to even after they’re married.
Parenting has always been two people’s jobs in Nepalese society. In fact, it’s more of a family affair. But there are plenty of strong men and women who are doing a great job of being single parents. And it’s completely normal for them to keep on playing the roles of both the parents.
Gender Equality and Empowerment.
This is something we’ve been talking about for years, yet it’s always only limited in textbooks. We need to understand the fact that gender roles are social constraints that simply limit the abilities of all genders. There is no such thing as a manly or womanly job. And everyone regardless of the gender spectrum is capable.
It might be surprising to some people, but yes, platonic friendships between two opposite genders do exists. And it is about time we normalize it in our society.
What else do you think we need to normalize in Nepal? Let us know in the comments.