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Thread: Gender Stereotyping
March 3rd, 2013 10:03 PM #6
I mostly agree with kala_way. Although I would add that gender and sex roles are more than sociocultural; they are a part of our nature. They're not incidental.
I used to would have been right around where augusta_lee is on this issue but my thinking has, um, I'll say evolved. I have lived in San Francisco; I would no longer be very welcome there. I was rather radical Left as a youngster. I am now a conservative libertarian-ish Catholic.
So come to think of it, rather than stir up a hornet's nest I think I'm gonna go find a different thread. :-)Mrs. H.
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March 3rd, 2013 10:03 PM #8
I would never do that to a future child! How could you take a toy off them or prevent them from doing something that they loved? I was lucky growing up in that my parents never made me do 'girl' stuff, which suited me as a tomboy. I was allowed to play football and cricket just like the boys at my school, I spent most of my young life climbing trees and exploring, I never went to a dance class and I had just the one Barbie- she ended up in the bath, naked and missing a leg.
I was thinking the other week about a kitchen set I had as a young girl which I totally loved and I said I'd probably get something similar for future kids- so I'd more likely buy things/introduce them to things that I enjoyed myself as a child, rather than thinking 'she's a girl therefore she must play with dolls'.
One thing I really don't like with gender stereotyping is colour. Some people seem to dress their kids up in entirely pink or blue from the moment they're born and buy all the baby gear in the same colour. It's fine if they're a bit older and ask for it themselves, but when you see a mother dragging her little boy away from something he likes because it's pink/purple and they're 'girl colours'- that annoys me. It's also impractical, if you later go on to have a baby of the opposite gender. Plus what I've found odd recently is that I've seen some berries agreeing that everything will be 'gender neutral' for their future children, yet the names in their signatures are highlighted pink & blue :/
But I agree with PPs that this is a complex topic. Pretty much this:
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March 3rd, 2013 10:14 PM #10
Also, I know the reason a lot of people use the "expected" colors is so that they don't have to correct people all the time. It irritated my sister to no end when people would walk up and say, "Aww, your boy is so handsome!" Just because my niece was wearing jeans and a purple shirt. Apparently, if it's not in pink it's a boy, lol.
I do agree with your point that forcing children away from certain color choices in toys is crazy.
We were at a baseball game the other week and a father in front of us wouldn't by a cotton candy for his son because all the seller had left was pink! Seriously! It's candy, all strawberry/cherry/watermelon/raspberry/etc flavored candy is pink! Maybe he discourages the use of Pepto Bismol as well.Livy/Lucy : Geneva/Gwen : Coralie/Alice : Noelle/Eve
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