Girls Rule, Boys Drool: The Effects Of Gender Stereotypes.

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Girls Rule, Boys Drool: The Effects of Gender Stereotypes Gender roles have been used as a way of raising children for generations. While they have not always been the typical “pink is for girls, blue is for boys” stereotypes that we have grown accustomed to, there have always been certain roles for men and women that deem what is appropriate and what is not. Although the idea of gender roles has existed for centuries, the stereotypes themselves have evolved, leading many to believe that they are a social construct. “Up until the beginning of the 20th century, pink was actually more associated with boys, while blue was more associated with girls—illustrating how socially constructed these associations really are” (“Gender and…show more content…
Gender roles put an idea into children’s brains about the way society dictates how men and women should or should not act. These stereotypes can be harmful, as they often lead to sexism and misogyny. While gender roles may deem what is appropriate for each gender, they can also set expectations of people in society, some of which can be unachievable. This can put a pressure on young children that can follow them through their education and career. Gender-based stereotypes are also dangerous in the sense that if someone refuses to conform to traditional gender ideals, most of the time, they are ridiculed and harassed. One of the main disadvantages of gender roles is the unrealistic expectations they can put on children. Gender roles teach children that they need to act a certain way based on their gender in order to be accepted in society. For example, in “The Color of Children’s Gender Stereotypes”, Rachel Karniol explains a study performed that tested young Israeli children’s preferences when it comes to coloring books. The results of the study showed that boys were less likely to use the color pink when coloring, and they tended to avoid the female-stereotyped illustrations in coloring books while girls used less female-stereotyped colors in the male-stereotyped illustrations (Karniol 119). Gender roles condition children to think that they are expected to act a certain way. Therefore, if a young boy wanted to color with a pink

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