Gender roles are taught initially in the family, re- enforced by schools and reflected by the media. These messages can have a real effect on an individual’s self-image and how they function in society. Whether it is the tales of the Disney versions, fairy tales have permeated society for ages. They are just stories told to children for entertainment. Families construct gender messages by teaching their children that boys and girls should learn the appropriate behavior and attitudes from the family and overall culture in which they grow up.
For example, boys play with cars and blocks, and girls usually play with dolls or have a dollhouse. “Gender preferences for toys only show up after children learn about their gender.” (theguardian.com). Children at the ages of 3-5 really start to focus on what's right for their gender because of what is advertised on TV and on social media. “Dolls for girls in the 1960s had traditional women’s roles at the time – like homemaker and mother – while boys’ action figures had professions like scientist, engineer or cowboy.” (Olga Oksman) Instead of telling a child what to believe in, teach them to form their own
Do girls really prefer pink and boys blue? These are questions that LoBue and Deloache set out to determine. Some suggest that since gender-stereotyped color dressing is so prevalent in babies, that infants develop a preference for these colors as they grow up. In studies with preschool children in the United States, the authors found that both boys and girls showed a preference for primary colors. Another study by the authors showed that the color red is preferred by infant
The colors of the clothing were divided into two parts: (1) cold colors and (2) dark colors. The cold colors consisted of blue, grey, green, and white, while the darker colors consisted of mainly black, brown, and dark blue. These colors convey the message that unlike girls (in red and pink) who should be passionate and loving, boys (in blue and black) are not supposed to be in touch with their emotions; instead, they are supposed to be impersonal and neutral. The shapes accompanying the clothes were either sport-related a football, a baseball, or the logos of local sport teams (the Red Sox, the Celtics, and the Patriots). Other shapes included motor vehicles like cars, bikes, and trucks.
Society labels pink as a feminine color and blue as a masculine color. Parents will buy their daughter dolls, and they will buy their son an action figure or truck. If their son wanted a doll and their daughter wanted an action figure, parents would typically scoff at the idea. Society tells you to only speak and act a certain way depending on your gender. It also stereotypes and effects your jobs.
Throughout history, we have seen the same stereotypes placed on gender, men should be strong and brave. They are the ones that support their families while women are the caregivers and the nurturers and handling the household. According to Emily Kane in “Glamour Babies” and “Little Toughies”, “gender is not a straightforward amplification of underling biological differences between male and females; rather, gender is constructed through social processes and enforced through social mechanisms.” With that being said Kane feels that we should not limit ourselves to those preconceived notions of what men and women can do. According to Kane, we should not believe that men and women could not develop certain mental or psychological attributes merely because of their sex. This mean that we do not have to fall into the trap of preconceived notions, such as; if we are born a girl we will love the color pink and do poorly in mathematics.
After baby enters the world, individuals are overwhelming with symbols and languages which build the concept of gender roles and gender stereotypes. Language fitted to girls by family might involve affection, expressivity, delicateness or frangible, on the other hand, language appropriated to descried boys by family is usually focused on physical characteristics and cultivated traits such as strength and agility. In additions, fathers play a major role of instilling their children with the strongest pressure for gender specific behavior (Long, 2011). They give rewards and positive feedback for gender behavior to daughter but punish sons for gender inappropriate behavior and given more on negative
Responsible Fathers If you are a father who is reading this you might need to listen to this words. You've probably heard that having a strong male influence is important in a young boy's life, but it's equally important for daughters to have one as well. A positive father-daughter relationship can have a huge impact on a young girl's life and even determine whether or not she develops into a strong, confident woman. A father's influence in his daughter's life shapes her self-esteem, self-image, confidence and opinions of men. "How Dad approaches life will serve as an example for his daughter to build off of in her own life, even if she chooses a different view of the world," says Michael Austin, associate professor of philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University and editor of Fatherhood — Philosophy for Everyone: The Dao of Daddy.
From the second a child is born the world begins to nurture that child into performing a specific role. Parents, family, friends, media, toys, society: all work together to shape the attitude and emotional complex of a newborn. The direction of this nurturing and the direction of a child’s gender role, however, is not primarily based on innate gender compulsions, but rather on the differences in how that child is molded based on sex. One vital source of child development, and I would argue of gender development, is not surprisingly the toys with which a child will grow up playing and associating. Such playthings contribute to a child’s cognitive and motor skills as well as social skills (Rommes 186).
Barbie dolls and dresses are for girls while toy guns and cars are for boys. The color pink and anything that seems “girly” is things girls receive as presents, and the color blue and anything that has to do with superheroes and fighting are things boys receive as gifts. Starting from when these children are very young, they start to believe that they have to enjoy a particular hobby or otherwise they are different or weird. In a modern day high school setting, if a high school male is seen to like the color pink or enjoys shopping, he is teased and called “gay.” Gender roles develop from when people are very young, and they continue to shape people as they grow