Gender Roles and Stereotypes
I know this article is from last year, but I came across it whilst doing research, and found it to be very interesting. I enjoyed reading about the genetic versus environment aspect of this.
I have been learning a lot about gender stereotypes within the family through my courses, such as the woman has the responsibility to care for the home and provide emotional support, while the man is the leader and the one who earns money. I know that the world has changed drastically, and many people no longer adopt these stereotypes. These discussions usually also talk about raising boys to be boys and girls to be girls. For instance, boys play with cars and girls play with dolls. I have also read stories recently of parents who allow their children to freely play with anything they want, whether a boy wants to dress up as a princess or a girl wants to play with trucks.
For me, I have noticed that each of my children are very different. My son does love cars and superheros, whilst my little girl loves everything pink. However, I do encourage each child to play with the toys they like, regardless of who it is supposed to be for. My son has started school, and he sometimes says things like pink is for girls or I can't play with dolls. I tell him he can play with whatever he likes, and he surprised me one day by sitting and playing dolls with his sisters. He dressed the dolls and cared for them, and it was very sweet. I know some parents face a lot of negativity for raising their child to be free from gender roles, such as when the boy wants to wear dresses to school. I am not sure how I would feel if my son wanted to do things like dress in clothing designed for girls, not because I am against it, but because I know it could lead to trouble in school. I do want my children to feel comfortable with who they are, so I do support them and I try to not let them see stereotypical gender roles.
How do you feel about gender roles and stereotypes?