One fact that many don’t know about me is I watch a ton of Youtube, like as much as some people watch Netflix. So while hunting for some new content, I came across a series created by Buzzfeed called But I’m Not.
But I’m Not is all about breaking down stereotypes. It has people from various classes, genders, races, and sexual orientations come on and talk about how, depending on the category, they are not the stereotypes we associate with those groups.
Take, for example, women. Women from all different backgrounds state a part of a stereotype that they do not associate with. Examples include not being overly emotional, not feeling quotas, not wanting kids, not being valued based on beauty. They then go on to say different things they do define themselves by, such as being a mentor, enjoying sex, and even just not liking the color pink.
It all sheds light on how we can’t define people by shoving them into a stereotype. Not everyone fits into an exact box, so we should be giving people the freedom to fluctuate and just be themselves.
If you want to watch all of the But I’m Not videos, check out this playlist.