The Negative Effects Of Gender Stereotyping

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Even at an early age, some children are able to distinguish the differences present between a male and female and the social roles usually associated with each. However, even though they are able to relate certain characteristics, symbols, and actions in a positive and beneficial way through gender socialization, the unfortunate outcome of stereotyping transpires as a negative product to such a natural human occurrence of observing one’s surroundings and categorizing. Stereotyping gives rise to prejudice, which is an issue that still exists in many places and many adults, teenagers, and even young children practice it. Even though gender stereotyping is useful for the development of a child’s identity and sense of self, different factors of an individual’s environment tend to further reinforce and strengthen these stereotypes as the child transitions to adolescence and even towards adulthood. Therefore, people within the household surrounding the child have a responsibility as the initial caretakers of the child’s mental and physical growth to be cautious of what they teach the child and to recognize the outcomes of such teachings. When an individual begins his or her toddler years, gender socialization introduces particular gender stereotypes, or a narrow-minded perspective on what it means to be male or female, which includes the association of characteristics, symbols, and appearance, from his or her environment.
Many characteristics are attributed to females and fall

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