How Stereotypes Begin at a Young Age
by salutona on September 5, 2014 - 10:55pm
Boys play with trucks and girls play with dolls; that’s how it’s always been. From the very beginning of a girl’s life she is being conditioned to behave like a typical girl. Either by the media or unintentionally by parents, she is bombarded with ideologies about what a women should be like. It’s all about Barbie, pretty clothes, aesthetics, kitchen sets, and playing mommy. On the other hand, boys are handed blocks, play tools and other things that help them develop motor skills. If the boy shows any signs of wanting to play with anything labeled as a “girl’s toy” he is reprimanded. Parents treat children differently even when it comes to getting hurt. If a girl falls and scrapes her knee, she is more likely to be held and soothed than if it was a boy. Although these may seem like small insignificant things, they subconsciously shape children’s understanding of what a woman and man’s role is in society.
The first step to making a change in our society’s gender stereotypes is through open minded parents. If parents were more willing to let their children play with whatever toys they wanted and treated them equally, the next generation might not be so sexist. After all, it all begins with baby steps.
Here is an article to better your understanding on the subject: Boys Will Be Boys? Not in These Families