There are things you take for granted if you’re a white male. I don’t mean this in an accusatory or derogatory way. It’s just a simple fact. You take for granted that the most successful, visible people in any field are white men like you. You take for granted what that means to you growing up. For girls and/or people of different races, there is a lot of turmoil that happens in the background because of this.
When I was young, I remember being into stereotypical “girly” things. Disney Princesses, stuffed animals, dolls, playing house, playing kitchen, playing teacher, etc. But I was also into digging in the mud, trying to trap squirrels, building forts, trying to catch lizards and just generally not being afraid to get dirty. There’s that tender, beautiful age range where children couldn’t give a flying rat’s ass about gender roles. They mean nothing to them, or at least my parents raised me in an environment where they meant nothing to me.