When was the first time you heard the phrase “boys will be boys”?
It’ll probably take you a long time to recall that moment because it probably feels like you’ve been hearing that since forever. But there’s a way to get these outdated and ridiculous gender stereotypes out of our heads, and this video directed by Gloria Moran hopes to help with that.
In the two-minute clip, actor Jorge Diaz narrates what we’ve all heard a million times from Latino parents — that girls have to set the table and boys just wait to get fed. Or that boys can go out without any curfew, while girls have zero social life because they should be home helping mom with the housework.
Diaz narrates these machismo ideals while doing the things men usually don’t do such as wash the dishes, clean the house, and get kids ready for school.
“It took me some time, but I know that’s not the way,” Diaz says. “Being a man is about challenging the script that was handed down to us. …It’s time to change that narrative.”
This moving video exhibits how it’s up to us to end the cycle of gender stereotypes, especially when it concerns the machismo culture that is engrained in our heritage. Change starts with us.