I remember one time when my mom got a haircut she warned my dad beforehand that it would be shorter than usual and when we got back he was mad. My mom has very pretty orange hair and I thought it looked great short. What I got really mad at was that night when I asked him why he didn't like it he told me that women look better with long hair. After I went to bed I cried because I had just gotten a haircut that was shorter than normal and was feeling insecure.
I remember about a year later my little brother had a new favorite song and he played it and started dancing. After he twirled a couple times my dad told him to stop dancing like a ballerina and to not do it again. I was mad but didn't say anything because my dad gets mad if I challenge him a little bit. It is sad though because he tells me to do what is right but gets mad when I do.
A few days ago we were talking about what instrument my brother should play because my family besides my dad were all in band. I said that he could play the flute like me and my dad didn't look happy but he didn't say anything. In the car I said that he could be color guard (the people who carry the flags and dance in marching routines. My dad said that he couldn't do it because no boy who wanted a good reputation would do it. I told him that I had seen several guys do it watching my sister march and he said that my brother do do better than that. It made me mad because a couple years ago I had said that I wanted to do it and he had been find with it.
This goes to show that people are not only sexist to women, it effects men too, especially boys.