One would not think about how, as a child, he or she learned correct gender stereotypes from a young age. To a little boy, dresses and dolls seem unacceptable to adults. To a little girl, playing in mud and toy trucks happen to fall into a frowned upon category. The girls are always more protected, while the boys have more expected of them from the parents. While most parents have the belief that they do not stereotype their children, but most parents do stereotype their children into the correct categories that come with gender from the very beginning.
The children all look similar and confused. It’s clear from the picture that the children are clueless as to why they are made to do this. Children learn to relate to the political and social world outside their purview as they grow up, but when they are children their world is what is immediate and close-by. The veil often appears in the book during times of strife and conflict. In one scene, Marji is stopped by two Guardians of Revolution, because she had been seen improper clothes.
These roles are inbuilt from a young age and are pushed on to children so that they support the idea. Often boys tend to pick on other boys if they are seen playing with dolls and vice versa if girls want to play with tanks and cars. As children grow up and later hit puberty many factors effect their behaviors towards gender roles, these behaviors are learned at home mainly and later are strengthened by other influences such as friends and school experiences and television. A study of children’s rooms reports that girl’s rooms have more pink, dolls and house play sets while boys have more blue, tools and sports equipment’ and girls are more likely to have chores such as cleaning and doing the laundry, while boys are more likely to have maintenance chores. These types of household chores lead children to link types of work to gender applying gender stereotypes.
Parents’ Perception on Gender Spectrum. In a society that is negatively rich with gender biases and stereotypes, children eventually resort in adopting gender roles which does not necessarily give fair perception to both sexes. Children who are exposed to both internal and external factors shape their attitudes and behaviors towards traditional gender roles as they move through stages of adolescence and ultimately in adulthood. Witt (1997) argued that these attitudes, character, and behaviors are learned at firstly at home which are then heightened by the school experience, child’s friends or peers, and television viewing and other external factors after social bonds are formed outside a family setting. However, it is primarily the family setting that strongly influences the child’s gender role development.
They were told that the people with the blue collars were inferior to them and that immediately created a change in the behavior of the children in both sides. It created a stereotype within minutes. Every time the children saw another child with a blue collar on, they automatically thought lesser of that person and even acted in hostility towards them. Meanwhile, ten minutes earlier they were best friends. She does this to show that at a young age, these children’s minds can be so easily molded and as they get older and are more exposed to discrimination and stereotypes, they will grow up to have that permanent schema embedded into their thought process.
Steve Sinnott, the general secretary of the NUT, believes that multinational companies have a social control where they target children and have an overall effect on their school performances (Harris). Boys, especially, try to live up to society’s standards of being “disdainful and rude.” They see that working hard in school is not cool and will therefore shame those and the teachers who do such things. The toys as well are more gender specific than they ever have been before. The commercialization of these products to kids manipulate the choices they have in life (Harris). Both boys and girls will think that they must think and act a certain otherwise society degrades them.
Their tends to be more sexual abuse in a same sex couple. Gays and lesbians should not be allowed to adopt. Gays and lesbians should not be allowed to adopt because of higher child abuse rates, neglect, and sexual abuse. If the child goes to school and sees or hears about all the other children’s mom and dads they might ask why they have two moms or dads. Then the parents might beat the child or children asking them a question that offends them.
It is the parents who read to their children and, unknowingly, already by choosing a certain book with a certain content influence the way children may adopt a point of view on society structures or gender roles. Books have a considerable influence on children and their perception on society structures and gender roles; therefore, stereotypes are to be eliminated, a larger variety of gender roles needs to be included and creating gender equality by introducing more female characters is inevitable. Firstly, studies have shown that there has not changed a lot since the Women’s Liberation movement concerning the portrayal of women and men in children’s books ( Masterson 72). Flipping through a children’s book for preschoolers, one can easily grasp what characters are included and how they act or are portrayed. However, it is important to have a full analysis of all the characters in order to understand the power relations and role allocation the characters have in a children’s book.
From the name the child is given and even the tone that it is spoken too by its parents, dictates to others how to behave around the child. The child essentially has absolutely no control over how it is being treated in determining its sexual orientation. As John Berger (1977, p. 7) says, “Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.” The child would have been brought up and groomed over time with the constant idea that as a girl or boy, there is a certain way in which you have to behave, a certain way that is accepted and considered the norm in society. Babies in the olden days up till the 1920s were commonly dressed in pink because it was closer to red and thus deemed as a ‘fierce’ colour, whereas girls were dressed in blue as it was considered a soft colour and the colour most commonly seen worn by the Virgin
Parents don’t choose whether they produce a girl or a boy, but they choose to make them real ladies or gentlemen (Sandra Bartky). When children are born, they don’t know the difference between both genders, but with parents showing them the differences in every aspect of life, they end up being totally different. Parents thinks it is their duty to emphasize the gender of child by raising him or her according to the gender typecasts in the society. As a new baby, entering into a world where a lot is expected according to the gender, the only thing you do is to act normally like others whether you like it or not. The strongest influence on gender role development of a child occurs within the family setting, with parents passing on to their children