Parents are displaying their children as sexual targets for pedophiles, which is rather contradictory. Young women, especially toddlers, who are not as capable of making decisions should not be sexualized in that sort of manner. Hollandsworth states in his article, "...pedophiles who had gone to great lengths to obtain videos of little girls walking around provocatively, pulling their shirts down off their shoulders and smiling at the camera. " The children act in a promiscuous manner for the sake of a beauty pageant, which attracts pedophiles. Unfortunately, it is not difficult to specifically target pageant children.
The behavior of the young girl also derives explanation from Piaget’s theory on centration, which is the greatest limitation of thinking in young children. Based on this theory, the child had the tendency to focus on only one aspect of the new hot educational toy to the exclusion of all the other toy models in the store. From Piaget’s perspective, the behavior of the young girl can be described as egocentric since she was a captive of her perspective and could not take that of her parent’s. Moreover, The the child also seems to be confusing between the appearance of the hot new educational toys and reality.
As young teenagers unintentionally become a victim of ad story created by advertisers, the influence of gender stereotype in product advertising results young teenagers in buying expensive things they don’t need, imitating an inappropriate behavior from good looking models, and facing health problems in their bodies. These three issues become an ongoing
In disney films raunchy jokes are publically displayed in their films, although their targeted audience is young children, theycatch on and it’s enough to have them shriek “ewwwie” and lead to parents getting upset. Explains how Disney includes adult jokes in young children's films potentially causing harm to young children’s innocent minds and learning subjects just too early. Disney films show adult references and jokes to young children, exposing them to sexual jokes at young ages angers parents. Although people may argue that it’s the parent’s choice to let their children watch these films, Disney rates these films and they are all known to be child friendly. Although, most of us know that they are not considering an amount of the language and phrases that they speak.
Sexism in America affects how children and young adults act within our society. Toys, along with playing, are extremely important to a child’s development. In, the article, Playland, the author, Alice Rob, discusses how gendered labeled toys are changing, and how more changes are needed.
Toys and games manufactured for kids affect the fact of learning gender stereotypes. Toys are sold in stores by gender; pink corresponds for girls and blue for boys. Bounding the boys to the “blue” toys prevents him from recognizing the girls’ values and vice versa. Muffitt (2013) indicated that gender stereotypes restrict the child interests because of the toys segregation, he said that “pushing boys away from playing with dolls potentially excludes them from entering caring profession; likewise, stopping girls from building miniature aeroplanes could be the reason for the low amount of women in STEM fields” (para 8). This toy gender classification on one hand teaches the girl that she cannot be a pilot that is a strong and powerful person, and on the other hand shows the boy that he cannot be sensitive and expressive and a care giving person like girls.
The original Barbie Doll that was released in 1959 showed a lot of negative things toward the female body. Barbie has set a bad influence to little girls and boys by making anorexia a fashion trend. The doll’s tight fitting clothes and flawless face teaches kids that you have to look a certain way to be good looking. She has stereotypical occupations that fits the criteria of her image. When barbie works at the different occupations her uniform to match the job is feminized.
The Disney Princess Effect and the media world has been linked to self-objectification, and the growing increase of sexualization of young girls. In this article, “Little Girls or Little Women? The Disney Effect”, Stephanie Hanes makes an argument that the Disney Princess Effect is causing little girls to want to look skinny and wear makeup. Not only the Disney princesses have an influence on young girls but so does the media. Hanes main claim is that the media world is exposing unwanted material not just on the young girls, but to other young children too.
Just like in the Social Leaning Theory where each gender is praised, or downgraded for their responses to how they represent themselves in their particular roles. For instance, when a little girl is paying mommy with her favorite dolls everyone thinks it’s adorable; but if a little boy was to play with dolls it was unusual and inappropriate behavior. The comparison between the two ( Sociobiology and Social Learning) is how we look beyond that looking glass by watching others, as well as how we apply what we’ve learned by examination; and travesty. Though, parents do play a significant role in to which we grow and to the influencing of what gender roles we’ll take on; others in our lives will contribute to which roles we continue to undertake as we continue to grow. “The researchers concluded that role model selection can have a positive or negative outcome on a teenager’s psychosocial development (Yancey et al., 2002 as cited in
In our society, children have been exposed to movies, television series and products, such as toys and video games that promotes misunderstanding messages about the roles and identity of people. Children are faced stereotypes as an early age where they have given some messages that portrays that look to be true about the distinction of people in the society in terms of race, culture and gender. Mass media is one of the big impacts on children whether the messages are intentional or not. One example that seems problematic in perpetuating stereotypes is the movies, particularly, Disney Princesses. Children love Disney movies, especially the little ones.
While children may not fully comprehend the gender, racial, and social divides that exists in the toy stores they shop, it is clearly evident that most toy stores are segregated according to said aforementioned factors. From an early age, our Christmas, Chanukah, birthday, etc. presents teach us that boys should exhibit strength, power, aggression, and self-confidence, while girls should exhibit innocence, grace, emotion, and beauty. This is never more obvious than when one analyzes the complex sociological relationship between Barbie and Ken. Obviously, there are many similarities between the two; both are gorgeous, both exude luxury, and both often represent the aspirations of young boys and girls across America.
Steven Lubar breaks chapter one into three parts: the historical background, roles of gender in technology, and the mapping of borderlines between production and consumption. The analysis of gender in technology is broken down into “separate spheres” for easier examination, dividing “domestic” and “public” into two. This idea of “spheres” questions whether the industrial revolution caused women to be pushed out of the production side of things or if “changing the ideals of the proper work of woman as consumers, then, helped drive the industrial revolution.” By further investigation, it is found that the industrial revolution helped redefine masculinity by using mechanical metaphors, ultimately shifting production to invention to engineering into a man’s role. Technology has since then been redefined, arguing that women’s work was “natural” rather than skilled.