Originally Posted by Steve Pavlina
Crossing socially conditioned boundaries is a good way to stimulate growth. People enjoy more personal growth when their expectations are violated. When people's expectations are fully satisfied, growth cannot occur. Old patterns are simply reinforced but not changed.
What our expectations are violated, learning occurs. When we're challenged with strong statements (even those we may consider offensive), we're compelled to reconsider our own position on the subject.
My goal isn't to get people to agree with me. It's to encourage people to consciously rethink their socially conditioned notions.
Increasing awareness of prejudice based on gender doesn't hamper personal growth. It instead dispels stereotypes and improves gender equality.
Sexism is a prominent moral issue that is still gaining awareness.
I would suggest that the 'socially conditioned' paradigm is the one you're espousing. A paradigm free of sterotypes based on equality is the way forward.