I am 20, married and have a child, and have recently decided to go back to school. My parents were very excited, until I told them I was going through the police academy for Forensics and Crime Scene investigation.
My mother said " But what about the criminals? You shouldn't be around criminals! What you get raped or shot!" and my dad said that it was inappropriate for me to work in law enforcement, and why not teach music, since they spent thousands of dollars on music lessons for me over the years.
I am annoyed. I have always, secretly wanted to be a CSI, but never said anything because I thought I would be made fun of. Its not a question of weather or not I can hack it through the rough police training, or even paying for it, I have scholarships, and I am not a weakling. My husband supports and brags about it, but I just wish I had my parents support.
SHould I just let them ridicule me? How can I make them come around to the idea? I understand that I am their first born daughter, but I'm an adult now. Did anyone else deal with this? It's not so much the fact that they don't support the job, it's that they don't support me doing it. If it was one of my brothers they would be thrilled.
They are gender stereotyping.